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Bowie on Bowie
Bowie on Bowie

Bowie on Bowie

Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie

Edited by Sean Egan

Musicians in Their Own Words

MUSIC

432 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

Publication Date: April 2017

ISBN 9781613738788

Rights: WOR X UK, AU, NZ & IE

Chicago Review Press (Apr 2017)

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Overview

David Bowie has been one of pop music's greatest interviewees since January 1972, when he famously risked career death by asserting to Melody Maker that he was gay. Although he wasn't yet a big star, it was a groundbreaking moment. And over the years, Bowie has failed to give an uninteresting interview. It might be said that he has habitually used the media for his own ends, but he has paradoxically also been searingly honest, declining to ever be coy about his ambitions, his private life, and even his occasional ennui. Bowie on Bowie presents some of the best interviews Bowie has granted in his near five-decade career. Each interview traces a new step in his unique journey, successively freezing him in time as young novelty hit-maker, hairy hippie, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, plastic soul man, fragile Germanic exile, godfather of the New Romantics, eighties sellout, Tin Machinist, and, finally, permanently, artistically reborn beloved elder statesman of challenging popular music. In all of these iterations he is remarkably articulate. He is also preternaturally polite—almost every interviewer remarks upon his charm. The features in this book come from outlets both prestigious (MelodyMaker, Mojo, New Musical Express,Q, Rolling Stone) and less well-known (The Drummer, Guitar,Ikon, Mr. Showbiz). In all cases, Bowie enables the reader to approach the nerve center of his ferociously creative and prolific output.

Reviews

"David Bowie has always been a consummate mythmaker, and this fascinating anthology captures him at his most mysterious and mischievous, laying himself bare and building walls around himself in the same mercurial instant."—Peter Doggett, author of The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s

"Open and raw, these well-chosen interviews portray a warmth and depth akin to the feeling created by Keith Richards's autobiography, Life. Sean has dug deep to reveal these unedited, fascinating, and rare interviews that traverse Richards's career over a near 50-year period."  —Martin Elliott, author, The Rolling Stones: Complete Recording Sessions on Keith Richards on Keith Richards

"Is there anything better in the bawdy, pimply, punky realm of rock than reading an interview with Keith? It's not just that he is rock 'n' roll incarnate, the half-man-half-guitar Human Riff and all that. It's the stunning honesty, rakish self-deprecating wit, and pure raunchy nobility of Keef that makes you want to listen to that croaky, Jack Daniels-marinated voice forever. And now you can: all 288 pages of distilled 100-proof ganja-cured Keith."  —David Dalton, author, Who Is That Man?: In Search of Bob Dylan and James Dean: The Mutant King on Keith Richards on Keith Richards

"Both beginners and those who know the story backwards will be here provided with food for thought and diverting entertainment."  —Alan Clayson, author, George Harrison on Keith Richards on Keith Richards  "Sean Egan has done a terrific job of bringing together some of the best 'classic' Keith Richards interviews with little-known, hard-to-find gems that reveal more about the 'soul of the Stones.' As an interviewee, Keith Richards has always been the most entertaining Rolling Stone to read—at once straightforward, informative, and eloquent—and this collection is a great way to revisit 50 years of Stoneage."  —Ian McPherson, www.timeisonourside.com on Keith Richards on Keith Richards

"[T]his is a fascinating journey through the mind of a musician many people claim to "know" but who proves time and again that his own essence is often foreign to himself. An asset for Bowie fans." —Library Journal

"A must for Bowie fans." —Booklist

"It's great fun to browse through. And it's the closest you'll get to an actual Bowie autobiography." —Goldmine, The Music Collector's Magazine

Author Biography

Sean Egan is an author and journalist who has interviewed members of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, the Velvet Underground, the Who, and many others. He is the author or editor of several books, including Keith Richardson Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrixand the Making of Are You Experienced, Defining Moments in Music,The Mammoth Book of the Beatles, The Rough Guide to the RollingStones, and David Bowie: EverChanging Hero.