Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story

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Random House, Apr 24, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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David Bowie was arguably the most influential artist of his time, reinventing himself again and again, transforming music, style and art for over five decades.

David Buckley's unique approach to unravelling the Bowie enigma, via interviews with many of the singer's closest associates, biography and academic analysis, makes this unrivalled biography a classic for Bowie fans old and new. This revised edition of Strange Fascination captures exclusive details about the tours, the making of the albums, the arguments, the split-ups, the music and, most importantly, the man himself. Also including exclusive photographic material, Strange Fascination is the most complete account of David Bowie and his impact on pop culture ever written.

 

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This is a well researched and thorough look at the career of David Bowie. Some of the pluses are how in depth it is and the fact the author takes time out for long direct quotes from the people he ... Read full review

Review: Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story

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This book started off fine, but the second half really dragged. Overall, I think the writer suffered from a lack of source material since Bowie cultivates sort of an enigma around himself. He did have ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Uncage the Colours
1
19471974
3
Chapter 1 Elvis ls English 19471967
37
Look Out All You RocknRollers 19701972
70
Chapter 4 Cosmic Surgery19711972
109
Killing the Kabuki Monster 19721974
146
19741982
210
Shilling the Rubes 19741975 93
225
19822005
333
David Bowie Superstar 19821987
376
lmancipation 19901993
399
The Music Is Outside 19941997
426
The Revolution Will Be Downloaded 19982000
456
Chapter 15 like Strauss at 84 20012005
515
Notes 53
530
Documents
537

The New School of Pretension 19761977
258
An Axe to Break the Ice 19781982
288

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David Buckley is a retired Methodist Minister and a psychodynamic counsellor and supervisor. He was born in Sheffield in 1943 and trained for ordained ministry in Birmingham, at Handsworth College and Queen's Ecumenical College. In his work as a minister he has served in both rural and urban appointments throughout the UK. He has worked as a prison chaplain and for the last five years of his active ministry as the ecumenical chaplain to Kingston University, London. Throughout his ministry, he has maintained a keen interest in and commitment to ecumenism. After gaining degrees in theology and biblical studies from London and Hull Universities, he developed a long-standing interest in psychology and counselling. During the 1990's he trained with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation, gaining several diplomas in psychodynamic counselling. He now lives in Chipping Norton, where he has a private practice as a counsellor and supervisor. For the past four years he has worked as a counsellor for a large GP surgery.