The Age of Bowie

Author(s): Paul Morley

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'A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including ...talent.' David Bowie at 17 in May, 1964 writing his own press biography. Respected arts commentator Paul Morley, one of the team who curated the highly successful retrospective exhibition for the Victoria Albert Museum in London, David Bowie Is ...constructs the definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, invented the future and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten. Morley will capture the greatest moments of Bowie's career; from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti; to iconic live performances from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with rock luminaries John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. And of course, discuss in detail his much-heralded, and critically-acclaimed comeback with the release of Black Star just days before his shocking death in New York. Morley will offer a startling biographical critique of David Bowie's legacy, showing how he never stayed still even when he withdrew from the spotlight, how he always knew his own worth, and released a dazzling plethora of mobile Bowies into the world with a bloody-minded determination and a voluptuous imagination to create something amazing that was not there before.

August 2016


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Since Bowie's death there's been a glut of books about him. Morley's The Age Of Bowie ranks among the best of them. Morley knows music. He wrote for NME from 1977 to 1983, was himself in a band (Art of Noise), founded a record label (ZTT), managed and promoted bands, and is now, as well as being a TV presenter, a respected music journalist. In The Age Of Bowie, which is part biography, part memoir, Morley examines Bowie's impact on popular culture, and how Bowie came to represent something different for each of us. It's a fantastically detailed and personal account of the man and the myth.

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Writer, broadcaster, and cultural critic Paul Morley has written about music, art, and entertainment since the 1970s. A founding member of the electronic collective Art of Noise and a member of staff at the Royal Academy of Music, he is the author of Ask: Chatter Of Pop, Words And Music: A History Of Pop In The Shape Of A City, Joy Division: Piece By Piece: Writing About Joy Division 1977-2007, Earthbound and Nothing, and he collaborated with music icon Grace Jones on her memoir, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.

General Fields

  • : 9781471148088
  • : Simon & Schuster, Limited
  • : Simon & Schuster, Limited
  • : August 2016
  • : 5943mm X 3886mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 2 x 8pp BW Colour
  • : 304
  • : 782.42166092
  • : English
  • : 816
  • : Hardback
  • : Paul Morley