The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s

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Hardcover, Harpercollins, 2012, ISBN13 9780062024657, ISBN10 0062024655

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The Man Who Sold the World is a critical study of David Bowie's most inventive and influential decade, from his first hit, "Space Oddity", in 1969, to the release of the LP Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) in 1980. Viewing the artist through the lens of his music and his many guises, the acclaimed journalist Peter Doggett offers a detailed analysismusical, lyrical, conceptual, socialof every song Bowie wrote and recorded during that period, as well as a brilliant exploration of the development of a performer who profoundly affected popular music and the idea of stardom itself.

Dissecting close to 250 songs, Doggett traces the major themes that inspired and shaped Bowie's career, from his flirtations with fascist imagery and infatuation with the occult to his pioneering creation of his alter-ego self in the character of Ziggy Stardust. What emerges is an illuminating account of how Bowie escaped his working-class London background to become a global phenomenon. The Man Who Sold the World lays bare the evolution of Bowie's various personas and unrivaled career of innovation as a musician, singer, composer, lyricist, actor, and conceptual artist. It is a fan's ultimate resourcethe most rigorous and insightful assessment to date of Bowie's artistic achievement during this crucial period.

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: Jul 31, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780062024657
ISBN-10: 0062024655
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 400
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4
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