The Age of Bowie

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David Bowie

Barney Hoskyns (The Guardian) reviews a new biography entitled The Age of Bowie: How David Bowie Made a World of Difference. The book is written by former NME journalist Paul Morley, a music writer known for his deeply personal and associative reflections on twentieth-century music and culture:

“‘Everyone has their own Bowie,’ Paul Morley writes in this discursive, free-associating ride across the life and work of the Starman Who Changed the World. More accurately, perhaps, we all have our own Bowies, since there were – there are – so many of them, from mod opportunist to free-festival minstrel to ‘leper messiah’ to Thin White Duke to… well, where does it end?”

Morley makes the playful claim that Bowie, whose diverse hybrid persona drew from many cultural influences, is the missing link between Sammy Davis Jr and Samuel Beckett.

More at The Guardian.

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