David Bowie's Low

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A&C Black, Aug 19, 2005 - Music - 138 pages
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"One day I blew my nose and half my brains came out."
Los Angeles, 1976. David Bowie is holed up in his Bel-Air mansion, drifting into drug-induced paranoia and confusion. Obsessed with black magic and the Holy Grail, he's built an altar in the living room and keeps his fingernail clippings in the fridge. There are occasional trips out to visit his friend Iggy Pop in a mental institution. His latest album is the cocaine-fuelled Station To Station (Bowie: "I know it was recorded in LA because I read it was"), which welds R&B rhythms to lyrics that mix the occult with a yearning for Europe, after three mad years in the New World.

Bowie has long been haunted by the angst-ridden, emotional work of the Die Brucke movement and the Expressionists. Berlin is their spiritual home, and after a chaotic world tour, Bowie adopts this city as his new sanctuary. Immediately he sets to work on Low, his own expressionist mood-piece.
  

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Review: Low (33⅓ #26)

User Review  - Ian Mathers - Goodreads

This could have been a four star book, but even in 2005 (when it was written) Wilcken's use of 'autistic' (the single word most often used in this book to describe Bowie's music during the Berlin ... Read full review

Review: Low (33⅓ #26)

User Review  - Tony - Goodreads

I have always found LOW to be one of Bowie's most challenging works. This short book provided me with an excellent point of entry to begin understanding the album. Congratulations to the author for a ... Read full review

Contents

the visitor
16
talking through the gloom
29
waiting for the gift
59
je est un autte
79
sometimes you get nowhere
96
do you remember that dream?
113
afterlife
126
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About the author (2005)

Hugo Wilcken is a Paris-based, Australian-born writer and translator. His first novel, The Execution, was published by HarperCollins in 2002. ("A remarkably accomplished debut heralding the arrival of a noteworthy talent"- Publishers Weekly.) It was well reviewed, and has since been translated into Dutch and German. A second novel, Colony, was published in August 2007.

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