DYLAN JONES    Book Number: 89774    Product format: Hardback

Musicians, groupies, music producers like Tony Visconti, Mick Rock, Angie Bowie, photographer Brian Duffy, the mime artist Lindsay Kemp, musician Nile Rodgers, journalists, actresses and models, Tommy Hilfiger and other designers, publishers like Nicholas Coleridge and performer Lou Reed: 'He's very clever. We found we had a lot of things in common. David learned how to be hip.' The award-winning editor Dylan Jones has produced an engrossing and magisterial biography drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with David Bowie. This oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as the story unfolds of a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic past. It traces David Bowie's life from the English suburbs to London, New York, LA, Berlin and beyond and the collective voices describe a man shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry. David was an intuitive artist who could absorb influences through intense relationships and yet drop people cold when they were no longer of use, and a social creature equally comfortable partying with John Lennon as he was dining with Frank Sinatra. Insightful and deliciously gossipy, this is an intimate portrait sparking with admiration and grievances, lust and envy, as the speakers share their experiences on stage and film sets, in the bedroom, in the recording studio, sightseeing and holidaying. The words of Hanif Kureishi: 'David could be funny with Brian Eno. He was very competitive with Bryan Ferry. He used to do a very funny imitation of Bryan Ferry in front of Bryan, he used to look rather embarrassed... He was a great mimic, and used to do a very good Keith Richards. He used to play Trivial Pursuit with Keith.' And Robert Fripp, guitarist, who was flown first class to Berlin in 1977 to be with Eno and Bowie, 'They set up the situation for me to fly. Encouragement and support, without any reservation, constriction, editing - it was stunning.' His skysaw guitars are what you hear on the first track of Heroes. Utterly fascinating, 521pp with Dramatis Personae and chronology. Remainder mark, 2017 US first edition of a UK bestseller.
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ISBN 9780451497833
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