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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (Oct. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307716996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307716996
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By octobriana on Dec 21 2010
Format: Hardcover
In my quest to know all things about David Bowie I added this book to a long list of others on the subject. I wasn't disappointed. Marc Spitz really brought David to life for me. The end is so depressing though you may have to buy another book to persuade yourself that David Bowie will never die. You may want to try "Hallo Spaceboy". Definitely not disappointed in either book. Keep on reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clementine on Feb. 15 2012
Format: Paperback
For a music fan, and a long time Bowie fan...this is a terrific read. I love all the in-depth details about influences, culture, environment.
I haven't quite got to the end yet (savouring it) but am thoroughly enjoying the content. Very well written.
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Format: Hardcover
Where did he dig up this stuff?
The book was gifted to me. Everyone knows I'm a huge Bowie fan. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed as I slogged through the first couple of chapters. It was hard to read. I had to keep leafing through the Oxford English Dictionary. I also kept running to the internet to cross reference some of the material. Maybe this is why it took me 18 months to finish reading it. Having said all that, it was a fantastic read full of unknown treasures. Each page was like opening up a surprise birthday gift. "Ooooooh!"
Aside from providing an accurate chronology, Marc Spitz includes his own savvy insights as to some of Bowie's motives and obvious strange behaviors. He is also compassionate in his coverage of Bowie's nearest and dearest. It's not easy being that close to "Stardust".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Non-traditional but expansive and illuminating bio Nov. 17 2009
By Frascombe Bank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think there is more than enough heretofore uncovered biographical material in BOWIE to call it one of the best modern rock books of the decade. It's not your standard linear bio and for good reason. One of the strongest sections covers the silence of Bowie over the last few years. It's an unusual way for an author to approach his subject, but I think Spitz has some very intelligent things to say about this silence and the most serious of Bowie fans will find a lot of new ideas here.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Thoroughly Enjoyable Nov. 24 2009
By E. Svetova - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book. It may not be the best as your First Bowie Book, but it is a wonderful piece of musical literary journalism in its own right. It is written with tact, respect, and sincere love for the subject, which is David Bowie's music, first and foremost. As far as the curious anecdotes about Mr. Jones himself, as well as sexy gossip and other juicy bits - this is probably not the venue, although it's hard to avoid (to this reader's great delight). I believe it was the author's choice to write a philosophical piece concerning the nature of creativity, using the beloved icon as a shining example. Personally, I would appreciate more photos, but, again, I didn't buy this book for illustrations.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Finally! A Biographer Without an Axe to Grind... Dec 18 2009
By J. Huebner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An thoroughly researched and refreshingly even-handed treatment of the subject matter. Most other Bowie biographies resort to sensationalism or come across as half-baked indictment's from begrudged hangers-on or jilted ex-collaborators (see Edwards' and Zenetta's "Startdust" or the absolutely horrid "Backstage Passes" by Angela Bowie). While this book quotes from these two dubious sources (amongst many others), it does so only in good taste and with objectivity rarely found in the source material. This is the only fault I could find in this otherwise outstanding book. Importantly, full historical vignettes accompany the introduction of each important collaborator (Pitt, Ronson, Alomar, Garson, Visconti, Eno, Pop, Kemp, Bolan - the list goes on.) Buy this along with Thomas Seabrook's "Bowie in Berlin: A New Career In A New Town" and you can't go wrong. Very highly recommended.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Marc Takes Us Outside March 27 2010
By Texzen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author's effort here is uneven, at best. The book moves at a logical pace but becomes more chaotic and loses focus as it develops. Too much time spent on Bowie's sexuality (who cares?) and his place in history, though gargantuan, comes off portrayed in increments and glimpses - no real framing of his place in total. It becomes a tiresome listing (Bowie did an album, then Bowie did a movie, then Bowie made another band successful... ) lacking in framing, summary or the historical perspective required when looking at such an accomplished person. The occasional injection of the author's self-perspective is inappropriate, egoistic and boring (who care's). When it comes to the music of David Bowie, Spitz is shockingly light on insight, as if he were describing each album and a few of it's songs from eight blocks away after looking at them through a telescope. Finally, the overall presentation feels like he started the project and then, at a point, determined he neither had the time to complete it right or lacked the research to provide a close-up picture of the remote one. Either way, the metaphor of someone who has nibbled at his sandwich for 90% of his lunch hour and then, to complete it on time, slams the balance into his mouth resulting in a painful and ugly completion process describes my feeling reading the book. I have read biographies of Roman emperors that were more intimate than this read on David Bowie. If you really want to know Bowie, you better hang on to your scratch until someone with better sources and sense of project structure steps up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Too Much Mixed Information Togheter Oct. 9 2011
By Marcio Luiz Vivian - Published on Amazon.com
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A confused book, with too much unnecessary information without mention directly about life and songs the singer. A lot of vacuum relating to focus of the book. Too little information about bowie. On the contrary we can find many facts not concerning about his life and career.
I have finished the book, but I know too little about David Bowie... Frankly, I am very disapointed, because I couldn't find the information I needed to know about the singer. I have to buy other book. Too much mixed issues at the same time.

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