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Ts nestled within the stories and anecdotes Put it all together and you have an excellent book that is a delight on many levelsAuthor Peter Doggett targets 1967 1980 preferring to ocus on Bowie s early years and some of his most prolific work While there are chapters devoted to Her Secret Husband (Secrets of Eden, filling in some of the blanks most of the story is related through the individual songs Bowie wrote After presenting us with a brief background of Bowie and hisamily life Mr Doggett shares an overview of the musician s early attempts to make a name Takedown for himself in the music businessWhat Iound wonderful in the book was the author s communication with the reader emphasized by the book s layout Although there are periodic short essays to help understand a larger event or a particular album the songs are the stars and every song receives its own sub chapter and explanation Each opening description of a song includes when it was written if it was recorded and by who if not by Bowie and released on which album if released at all The basic info is Baby, Im Yours (Guys And Daughters, followed by portraits of what was happening in Bowie s life at that time who or what inspired him to write the song and related influences that can be heard in the music It was extremely interesting to learn the back stories and hidden meaningsor instance I always thought of the son ueen Bitch as a story concerning two transvestite lovers and the explanation that the song was aimed at Marc Bolan of T Rex Her Counterfeit Husband fame was a shock but made perfect senseMr Doggett s understanding of composition adds another level of enjoyment In many of the song descriptions he describes how the music was produced and what some of the musicians were creating This includesor those who understand basic composition descriptions of chord patterns including how Bowie and the accompanying musicians might have created them I have to add that the author is not one to pull his punches and while sharing his many stories
mr doggett to offer them up with Doggett manages to offer them up with blank honesty When dealing with retirement of the Ziggy Stardust persona and the possibility of this happening to other musicians and groups the author notes that in the hands of the Stones the who and countless others rock would pass almost without notice Heart of the Night (Secret Agent from an embodiment of youthful rebellion into a highly rewarding pension plan A wry truth that would be hard to argueOverall this is not your normal invitation to romp through the decadence of a musician s offstage life nor a basic homage to what has been presented to the musical table The Man Who Sold the World is a straightforward and informative look at a man who was in most instances either ahead of his time or running alongside everyone else but on a slightly skewed track Five stars I really enjoyed Doggett s book about the break up of the Beatles You Never Give Me Your Money and I am a diehard Bowiean so expected to get a lot out of thisPerhaps it s because I ve read so much about Bowie that this was such a disappointment Doggett is not a Bowie scholar of the calibre of Kevin Cann or Nicholas Pegg or Chris O Leary with his superlatively detailed and intuitive blog Pushing Ahead of the Dame His reading of Bowie s work was often based on half baked interpretation or seemingly willful misunderstanding Neither was this sociological which you might expect The Greek Bosss Demand from a book whose title suggest it would examine the link between the greatest popular artist of the 70s and the decade itselfThe song by song approach did notit the sociological definition either Much better were the little ocus pieces that littered the book discussing Bowie s appropriation
contemporaries Aleister Crowley Krautrock etc Books about Bowie are increasing all the time probably because the man himself seems to retired but the appetite or him is still there This is irmly in the meh camp with the absolutely terrible song by song approach of Chris WelchDoggett mentions in the oreword that Ian MacDonald was originally going to write this book but he died MacDonald wrote Revolution in the Head possibly the best book about Beatles songs so it can only be imagined how much better this could have been While I think Bowie is a genius I am no musicologist so a discussion of a song and its chord changes means nothing to me On the whole the author has managed to make Bowie boring which he never was Too bad Shame he dies in the end. Changing nature of sexual roles as represented by Bowie's pioneering adoption of a bisexual persona; the emergence of a new experimental orm of rock music that would leave an indelible mark on the decades to come; and the changing nature of many of the world's great cities including London New York Los Angeles and Berlin each of which played host to Bowie during particularly creative periods of his career Mixing brilliant musical critiue with biographical insight and acute cultural analysis The Man Who Sold The World is a uniue study of a major artist and his tim. P seeing even deeper colours in Hunky Dory getting Diamond Dogs a rescued stab at a stage play of 1984 sabotaged by Orwell s uptight wife and like I was hoping having a deeper relationship with these songs And what can you want really Doggett was brought in to do this book after the death of the originally contracted author Ian MacDonald and adopts the same song by song ormat as MacDonald s great Beatles book Revolution in the Head He alters the What She Saw / Operation Reunion formula by inserting small contextualizing chapters at various points mini essays on things rangingrom Philly soul Krautrock and androgyny in
of contemporaries Aleister Crowley Krautrock etc Books about Bowie are increasing all the time probably because the man himself seems to
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To Friedrich Nietzsche Andy Warhol Friedrich Nietzsche Andy Warhol occultist Crowley I ll take a wild guess and say these asides probably annoy some readers but in the case of a compulsive synthesist like Bowie they re extremely useful Doggett does than simply acknowledge Bowie s many influences he sheds real light on how they came to him and shaped his work Where the book alters a bit is in the song critiues themselves which are always intelligent but which often ail to convey the immediacy of a real listening They re oddly distant The The Dark Duke fact that Doggett was denied permission to uoterom Bowie s lyrics doesn t help I really really enjoyed Doggett s previous book You Never Give Me Your Money a A Measure Of Love (Kincaid Trilogy fascinating tome about the Beatles that actually covered Things I Didn t Already Know ie the band s slow and lumbering breakup and decade long post Beatles solo period torment In that book Doggett managed to dish about the band s personal lives give a behind the scenes of their business dealings with a detail that was both interesting and revelatory and save someairly uniue insight into the music both group and solo that the Beatles produced It was critical in every sense of the word while telling a story and being grippingBy contrast Doggett s new book detailing the rise and Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls fall and rise andall and rise and The Soul Of A Thief fall of David Bowie in the 1970s reallyrom the early 60s through to the 90s manages to give precious little sense of who Bowie wasis while also being tedious and repetitive Doggett sets out at the start to not delve into Bowie s personal life who he slept with etc although he breaks that self imposed writing limitation over and over while he gives the occasional rumor mill tidbit he sidesteps getting into Bowie himself sticking to a tiresome Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights formula of going through Bowie s entire discography song by song in chronological order including outtakes and non recorded songs and every last littleart that Bowie every thought of recordingPart of the difficulty in getting through this book as it has this particular conceit of detailing Bowie s song by song oeuvre is that this exact exercise has already been done and done Secret Baby, Surprise Parents far better by Chris O Leary on his online blog Pushing Ahead of the Dame you canind it at O Leary has been studiously poring Via my work as the book buyer at Book Soup I received a galley of Peter Doggett s mega book on David Bowie The Man Who Sold The World I know another new book on Bowie but gosh darn it he s a Mystify (Mystyx, fascinatingigure And Doggett goes through all the songs by Bowie including unreleased tunes through out the 70 s and also including the obscure 1960 s material So the book is a biography on Bowie as well as a critical analysis of Bowie s work Or a narrative via his songsAnd yeah I guess this book is The New Baby for the Bowie geek but it is also aascinating read on a man and his work and his work is extremely impressive And one can say he said it all in the 19i70 s Wild Streak from Space Oddity to Scary Monsters which is an incredible rangeor an artist within a ten year span But you know I love all his work even his so called horrible albums I won t tell And again what I P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, find the most interesting time period of Bowie is his 1960 s era He was searching up and down toit in or to make it into the music biz Hustler and that is a compliment galore and a uick study on the world around him Its pretty impressive that it took Bowie at least 8 or 9 years in the slogs of music business before he made it big and yeah Bowie is really the ultimate show biz Say Youll Stay And Marry Me figure who to this day has the touch of pure gold or genius Bowieans do buy Music lovers and those who love to read about musicians will Rafaellos Mistress find much to celebrate in The Man Who Sold the World Fans of David Bowie mightind themselves in thrall Musicians will The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, find the extra trea. His music reflected and influenced the world around him The bookollows his career Rascal from 'Space Oddity' his dark vision of mankind's voyage into the unknown terrain of space to the Scary Monsters album It examines in detail his audacious creation of an 'alien' rock star Ziggy Stardust and his own increasingly perilous explorations of the nature of identity and the meaning ofame against the backdrop of his amily heritage of mental instability Among the book's wider themes are the West's growing sense of insecurity in the age of oil shortages and terrorism; the.
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recent passing of David elt it was time to What Would You Like? finally read it I made the mistake of watching the 90 minute documentary Sound Vision aew days before starting the book and admittedly learned about David Bowie in the documentary than this entire book Although I rarely do this I skipped large portions of this laborious book just to get to the endDoggett s book contains a scholarly look at each Bowie song rom about 1969 to 1980 A lot of Doggett s analysis is conjecture and taxing at time although there are admittedly other parts that are informative and enlightening Sprinkled between these analyses are essays or recounts of various aspects of Bowie s career that comprise the most interesting analyses are essays or recounts of various aspects of Bowie s career that comprise the most interesting of the book In the end readers don t really learn as much about Bowie as his large lifestyle had to offer This book isn t written or the casual hardcore Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, fan like myself that owns nearly every Bowie album Instead it is writtenor the Friend Foe fanatic who knows every song and lyric by heart and can relate to Doggett s deep discussions of each song s nuance and meaning I m very rarely David Jones anyI think I veorgotten who David Jones is David Bowie 1972IIt s that time of year post Christmas weekend The Longevity Diet for me an annual retreat into isolation paranoia and a diet consisting wholly of cookies egg nog and cocaine holiday cheer so Iigured hey why not revisit some old avorites by the Many years ago when I was in my late teensearly twenties I was obsessed with the Beatles and I would rattle on about the Beatles all the time My local library had a lot of Beatles books to the extent that they had TWO Yoko Ono biogs both of which I read So I thought I was pretty up on the Beatles But
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then Ian MacDonald s Revolution In The Head came out Rather than the usual rock biog Ian MacDonald s Revolution In The Head came out Rather than the usual rock biog orm un ucking signed success snorting bored broke boring slips switch splitting it went song by song and looked at how they were recorded the contemporaneous inspirations vogues and references that went into them and some of the technical detail of why they did and didn t work It was brilliant and rather than reveal the songs as a suat Oz behind the curtain actually gave you a deeper and richer experience of the songs as achievements made by people in a particular time before nostalgia and legend left their heavy Architecture and Utopia footprint So when I heard about this book and that it was going to be a Revolution In The Heador the only other British artist with as strong a golden age as The Beatles I was very excited Does it live up to the claim I m not sure The author Peter Doggett acknowledges that the book is a deliberate attempt to write a RITH Perfect Cities for DB as Ian MacDonald died aew years ago having discussed doing a Bowie version It is absolutely packed with very interesting info about each song but there isn t as much Prometheus Wired focus on how different things were achieved in the studio Doggett doesn t have the access that MacDonald had where he was listening to the huge cache of tapes EMI shared with MacDonald he is relying on listening to the albums extra tracks and bootlegs What he does have is a tremendous knowledge of 60s and 70s brit pop and can show how Bowie s work was a conversation with his peers and the artists who were ahead of him throughout the sixties and early seventies and who he motored awayrom and left or dead as the decade progressed As someone with no great affection or the reedy ersatz Sounds of the Sixties Carnaby Street 45s and little idea of how they Special Topics in Calamity Physics fit in the story of that time this was really interesting and usefulor me On the other hand Doggett is a Beatles expert and I think he hears a lot Beatles and solo Beatles influences and allusions in all of Bowie s work than I do Throughout the book Bowie interviews Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks from the time have him disavow his last work make up heaps of liesorget whole days at a time pretend he is working on any number of other things and generally cast doubt on everything So with such an unreliable subject can we expect a reliable narrative No But Doggett does make the best of it and weaves that unreliability in throughout using Bowie s boredom with truth and his latest incarnation a central theme The best best best thing about a book that takes the time to address every song is that it makes you do the same This has meant me Scenes from a Revolution finally getting the whole Man Who Sold The World No artist offered a incisive and accurate portrait of the troubled landscape of the 1970s than David Bowie Through his multiaceted and inventive work he encapsulated many of the social political and cultural themes that ran through this most ascinating of decades rom the elusive promise of scientific progress to the persistent Microsoft Visual C fear of apocalypse that stalked the globe In The Man Who Sold The World David Bowie and the 1970s cultural historian Peter Doggett explores the rich heritage of the artist's most productive and inspired decade and traces the way in which.