“Astonishing and absorbing…from glam rock, minimalism and punk, to radical left-wing politics, music video, and a mass of other subjects that helped shape the ideas behind Bowie’s songs.” —Sunday Times (London)
The Man Who Sold the World by Peter Doggett—author of the critically acclaimed Beatles biography, You Never Give Me Your Money—is a song-by-song chronicle of the evolution of David Bowie. Focusing on the work and the life of one of the most groundbreaking figures in music and popular culture during the turbulent seventies, Bowie’s most productive and innovative period, The Man Who Sold the World is the book that serious rock music lovers have been waiting for. By exploring Bowie’s individual achievements and breakthroughs one-by-one, Doggett paints a fascinating portrait of the performer who paved the way for a host of fearless contemporary artists, from Radiohead to Lady Gaga.
The Sunday Times bestseller.
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.
Thirty years on from his first hit single, ‘Space Oddity’. he remains the most influential rock star from the post-Woodstock generation – yet unlike Hendrix, the Beatles or even Prince, his life has never been the subject of a major biography. Strange Fascination chronicles Bowie’s career against the colourful backdrop of post-Beatles pop culture; of glam-era gender- bending. It’s a story of amazing creativity, of huge, showboating theatricality and of an almost pathological quest to remain relevant and at pop’s cutting edge. Strange Fascination is the most complete account of David Bowie and his impact on pop culture ever written.