Why Bowie matters / Will Brooker.
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: London : William Collins, 2019.
ISBN: 9780008313722 (hbk.) :
When David Bowie died on 10th January 2016, it seemed the whole world was united in mourning. His greatest hits were sung tearfully in pubs up and down Britain, garlands of flowers were left at the Aladdin Sane mural in his old stomping ground of Brixton, and tributes poured in from a galaxy of stars. To many of us, Bowie was so much more than a pop idol. But why? Professor Will Brooker answers that question persuasively, as both a fan and an academic. He approaches Bowie from various angles, re-tracing his childhood on the streets of Bromley, taking us through his record collection and bookshelves, and deciphering the symbols and codes of his final work, 'Blackstar', to piece together how an ordinary suburban teenager turned himself into a legend, and how perhaps we too could be a little more Bowie. He shows us that while David Robert Jones died on that terrible day in January, David Bowie will live on forever.
308 pages : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 21 cm
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