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By Song In Chronological song in chronological including outtakes and non recorded songs and every last little fart that Bowie every thought of recordingPart of the Citizen Cain difficulty in getting through this book as it has this particular conceit ofetailing Bowie s song by song oeuvre is that this exact exercise has already been Trail of Secrets done andone far better by Chris O Leary on his online blog Pushing Ahead of the Dame you can find it at O Leary has been studiously poring over Bowie s long long song list starting with his early 60s novelties he s currently wrapping up the Tin Machine era Unlike Doggett O Leary is able to take a track that he may have little interest in and still spin a tale worth reading O Leary s blog entries mix not just commentary and criticism of Bowie s music but historical and sociological perspective as well as a How to Train a Cowboy deep and thorough understanding of how Bowie s music works on a music theory level as well as on an emotional levelDoggett s analyses by contrast get samey after a while too often he brushes past pivotal Bowie tracks spending a few paragraphsetailing the chord changes of the tune for example without really One Special Moment delving into the essence of the music andor why we should care about it There are of course many great entries in here it s the cumulative effect as Doggett clearly becomes fatigued at around the midway point Perhaps his fatigue is intended to match Bowie s own by the mid 70s as the greatness of late 70s albums like Low and Lodger hinge less on Bowie s intense artistic effort than on the intriguing juxtaposition of Bowie s calcified ennui and the cold experimentalism of the music itself Still it is possible to write effectively and engagingly about this music as O Leary has proven time and time again on his site it s too bad Doggett wasn t entirely up for it In a sense it s kind of a shame that this collection beat O Leary s to book stores supposedly O Leary s book or at least the first volume is supposed to hit shelves in 13 it s hard to imagine the audience for multiple chronological book length critical analyses of Bowie s entire 70siscography being able to handle a book a year I m very rarely David Jones anyI think I ve forgotten who David Jones is David Bowie 1972IIt s that time of year post Christmas weekend for me an annual retreat into is While I think Bowie is a genius I am no musicologist so a A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain 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 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 gosharn it he s a fascinating figure 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 for the Bowie geek but it is also a fascinating 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 from Space Oddity to Scary Monsters which is an incredible range for an artist within a ten year span But you know I love all his work even his so called horrible albums I won His music reflected and influenced the world around him The book follows his career from 'Space Oddity' his Watch for Me by Moonlight (The Midnight Twins, dark vision of mankind's voyage into the unknown terrain of space to the Scary Monsters album It examines inetail his audacious creation of an 'alien' rock star Ziggy Stardust and his own increasingly perilous explorations of the nature of identity and the meaning of fame against the backdrop of his family 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. Doggett was brought in to
Do This Book After The this book after the of the originally contracted author Ian MacDonald and adopts the same song by song format as MacDonald s great Beatles book Revolution in the Head He alters the formula by inserting small contextualizing chapters at various points mini essays on things ranging from Philly soul Krautrock and androgyny in glam rock to Friedrich Nietzsche Andy Warhol and occultist Aleister Crowley I ll take a wild guess and say these asides probably annoy some readers
But In The Case in the case a compulsive synthesist like Bowie they re extremely useful Doggett oes than simply acknowledge Bowie s many influences he sheds real light on how they came to him and shaped his work Where the book falters a bit is in the song critiues themselves which are always intelligent but which often fail to convey the immediacy of a real listening They re oddly istant The fact that Doggett was The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives denied permission to uote from Bowie s lyricsoesn t help I bought this book about 2 years ago and with the recent passing of David Bowie felt it was time to finally read it I made the mistake of watching the 90 minute A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, documentary Sound Vision a feways before starting the book and admittedly learned about David Bowie in the ocumentary than this entire book Although I rarely o 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 from about 1969 to 1980 A lot I really enjoyed Doggett s book about the break up of the Beatles You Never Give Me Your Money and I am a The Palliser Novels diehard Bowie fan so expected to get a lot out of thisPerhaps it s because I ve read so much about Bowie that this was such aisappointment Doggett is not a Bowie scholar of the calibre of Kevin Cann or Nicholas Pegg or Chris O Leary with his superlatively etailed and
Intuitive Blog Pushing Ahead Of The Dame blog Pushing Ahead of the Dame reading of Bowie s work was often based on half baked interpretation or seemingly willful misunderstanding Neither was this sociological which you might expect from a book whose title suggest it would examine the link between the greatest popular artist of the 70s and the ecade itselfThe song by song approach Hunter Killer (Pike Logan did not fit the sociologicalefinition either Much better were the little focus pieces that littered the book Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, discussing Bowie s appropriation of contemporaries Aleister Crowley Krautrock etc Books about Bowie are increasing all the time probably because the man himself seems to have retired but the appetite for him is still there This is firmly in the meh camp with the absolutely terrible song by song approach of Chris WelchDoggett mentions in the foreword that Ian MacDonald was originally going to write this book but heied 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 I really really enjoyed Doggett s previous book You Never Give Me Your Money a fascinating tome about the Beatles that actually covered Things I Didn t Already Know ie the band s slow and lumbering breakup and The Friend Zone decade long post Beatles solo period torment In that book Doggett managed toish about the band s personal lives give a behind the scenes of their business Flying Scotsman Manual dealings with aetail that was both interesting and revelatory and save some fairly 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 Alpha (Shifters, detailing the rise and fall and rise and fall and rise and fall of David Bowie in the 1970s really from the early 60s through to the 90s manages to give precious little sense of who Bowie. No artist offered a incisive and accurate portrait of the troubled landscape of the 1970s than David Bowie Through his multi faceted and inventive work he encapsulated many of the social political and cultural themes that ran through this most fascinating ofecades from the elusive promise of scientific progress to the persistent 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 ecade and traces the way in which.
characters Ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Peter DoggettTell And again what I find the most interesting time period of Bowie is his 1960 s era He was searching up and own to fit 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 figure who to this ay has
THE TOUCH OF PURE GOLD ORtouch of pure gold or Bowie fans o buy 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 Shame he ies in the end Music lovers and those who love to read about musicians will find much to celebrate in The Man Who Sold the World Fans of David Bowie might find themselves in thrall Musicians will find the extra treats nestled within the stories and anecdotes Put it all together and you have an excellent
book that is a elight on many levelsAuthor Peter Doggett targets 1967 1980 preferring tothat is a Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, delight on many levelsAuthor Peter Doggett targets 1967 1980 preferring to on Bowie s early years and some of his most prolific work While there are chaptersevoted to 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 his family life Mr Doggett shares an overview of the musician s early attempts to make a name for himself in the music businessWhat I found 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 Sweetland 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 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 meanings for 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 fame was a shock but made perfect senseMr Doggett s understanding of composition adds another level of enjoyment In many of the songescriptions he Art of Laurel and Hardy describes how the music was produced and what some of the musicians were creating This includes for those who understand basic compositionescriptions 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 manages to offer them up with point blank honesty When Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, dealing with the 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 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 theecadence 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. Changing nature of sexual roles as represented by Bowie's pioneering adoption of a bisexual persona; the emergence of a new experimental form of rock music that would leave an indelible mark on the ecades 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 uring 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.