The Resource David Bowie. | David Bowie : starman, by Paul Trynka, (overdrive ebook)

David Bowie. | David Bowie : starman, by Paul Trynka, (overdrive ebook)

David Bowie : starman
David Bowie
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by Paul Trynka
"Ziggy Stardust," "Changes," "Under Pressure," "Let's Dance," "Fame," "Heroes," and of course, "Starman." These are the classic songs of David Bowie, the artist whose personas are indelibly etched in our pop consciousness alongside his music. He wrote and recorded with everyone from Iggy Pop to Freddie Mercury to John Lennon, sold 136 million albums, has one of the truly great voices, and influenced bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. The author illuminates Bowie's seemingly contradictory life and his many reinventions as an artist, offering over 300 new interviews with everyone from classmates to managers to lovers. He reveals Bowie's broad influence on the entertainment world, from movie star to modern day icon, trend setter to musical innovator
David Bowie
Illuminates the career of David Bowie through more than three hundred new interviews with everyone from classmates to managers to lovers and discusses his broad influence on the entertainment world
  • Drawing upon more than 250 new interviews with friends of Bowie and on previously published interviews with Bowie, former Mojo editor affectionately chronicles the life and music of Bowie from his childhood and youth to the high points of his career, his recent heart attack and almost total disappearance from the music scene. By the time he was 11, Bowie's charm was developed, a trait that brought him the breaks and opportunities that his ever-active mind learned to exploit. Bowie emerges from Trynka's portrait as a less than consummate musician and more an ambitious individual who knew how to get exactly what he wanted from those around him. From the growling guitars of "Suffragette City" and the driving dance beats of "Young Americans" to the stuttering syncopation of "Fame" and the Beatles-like riffs of "Changes," Bowie, in Trynka's hands, is a man who has never settled for the predictable. The lack of any new interviews with Bowie, however, gives the biography the feel of a hagiography. (July) --Staff (Reviewed April 11, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 15, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ We seem to be in the golden age of David Bowie biographies; recent books by Marc Spitz (Bowie ) and Kevin Cann (David Bowie: Any Day Now ) are excellent, but Trynka's contribution is something special. Using over 250 new interviews, former Mojo magazine editor Trynka (Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed ) focuses on Bowie the collaborator, showcasing his work with musicians like Brian Eno, Mick Ronson, John Lennon, and Freddie Mercury, to name just a few. Unlike many of Bowie's peers who developed their styles through years on the road or were content with a singular musical voice, he has reveled in collaboration, change, and avoiding the comfort zone. His rallying cry is "when everyone turns right, turn left," and the process of Bowie getting what he needs out of his musicians is absolutely fascinating. The book includes interviews with those who know Bowie best, from childhood friends to those working most closely with him today. VERDICT This is a terrific book, and readers will be rushing to relisten to the artist's back catalog. Not to be missed. [See Prepub Alert, 1/17/11.]— Bill Baars, Lake Oswego P.L., OR --Bill Baars (Reviewed June 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 10, p101)
  • Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Musically speaking, David Bowie never quite reached the critical or popular heights of fellow UK rockers the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who and Led Zeppelin—granted, that was due in part to poor timing, as he came onto the scene at the tail end of the British Invasion. Yet despite his inconsistent catalog, he's managed to remain in the public consciousness for more than 40 years, which explains why he's proven to be a fascinating subject for long biographies. In 2009, Marc Spitz delivered the doorstopper Bowie: A Biography, and Nicholas Pegg is set to release The Complete David Bowie in late 2011. So does Ziggy Stardust merit all this coverage? Former Mojo editor Trynka offers an emphatic yes. The author gave Bowie's contemporary Iggy Pop the same treatment with Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed (2008), an insanely in-depth, honest and readable biography. Here, Trynka once again covers it all—the music, the movies, the marriages, the shifting personae, the drugs, the drugs and the drugs—in a breezy, chatty style that often reads as a novel. The author remains objective about Bowie's music, most notably during his lengthy discussion about how much of a hand his sidemen played in the development and recording of his records, and the fact that Trynka isn't sycophantic about David's undeniably hit-and-miss discography helps legitimize the project. But despite its numerous positive attributes, the book is exhaustive to a fault. By the time most readers are three-quarters of the way through, they'll probably want to listen to "Space Oddity" and "Heroes," then call it a day. Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long.  (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2011)
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Prologue : Genius steals -- pt. 1. I hope I make it on my own -- When I'm five -- "Numero Uno, Mate!" -- Thinking about me -- Laughing gnome -- I wish something would happen -- Check ignition -- All the madmen -- Kooks -- Over the rainbow -- Battle cries and champagne -- pt. 2. When things are hollow -- Star -- The changing isn't free -- Make me break down and cry -- White stains -- Ghosts in the echo chambers -- Helden -- I am not a freak -- Snapshot of a brain -- On the other side -- It's my life--so fuck off -- The heart's filthy lesson -- Epilogue : The Houdini mechanism
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