“Only in the realms of eccentricity do I find freedom.” David Bowie’s constant attempt to explain his musical, aesthetic, stage and sexual transformations and changes … gives us a clue about the singer’s indomitable and uninhibited character. It’s the way of being and being in the world that has defined his entire career, from his first folk singles like Davie Jones in the mid-sixties to his latest album of jazzy aromas, Blackstar, released on January 8, 2016. Bowie turned 69 and two days before his death.
Considered a brilliant and original alien on the rock Olympus since the seventies, the author of Heroes was always one step ahead of the trends, trends and fashions that the music industry embraced after a while. His visionary concept of composition and performance quickly made him a touchstone and a source of inspiration for both his contemporaries and the generations that followed. The fascination with Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain who would translate The Man Who Sat the World song, which Bowie wrote at the age of 19 and named after his third record in 1970, is proof of this. A grunge anthem from the early 90’s.
The indisputable footprint and musical legacy of the White Duke is explored in detail in David Bowie. The story behind 456 songs, a lavish volume of more than 600 pages, in which author, composer and collector Benoit Clerc explains in depth the origins and influence of each song by the Brixton musician, from his first singles like Davie Jones to themes. from twenty-five studio albums, two albums directed by Tim Machine, and the soundtrack of The Buddha of Suburbia.
Backed by an ingenious photo gallery, the text is full of details and curiosities about Bowie’s impressive songbook. Did you know that the musician was never satisfied with the sound of the album Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars, which made him famous around the world? And that the little portable Stylophone synthesizer he used in Space Oddity was a gift from his friend and rival Marc Bolan? Fans of Aladdin Sane’s author will find in this book an endless mine of short stories about the work of a multidisciplinary, groundbreaking artist who never ceases to reinvent himself from time to time to present us with a new and improved version of himself.
Brandon Hall is an author at “Social Bites”. He is a cultural aficionado who writes about the latest news and developments in the world of art, literature, music, and more. With a passion for the arts and a deep understanding of cultural trends, Brandon provides engaging and thought-provoking articles that keep his readers informed and up-to-date on the latest happenings in the cultural world.