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"Ziggy Stardust," "Changes," "Under Pressure," "Let's Dance," "Fame," "Heroes," and of course, "Starman." These are the classic songs of David Bowie, the artist whose personas are indelibly etched in our pop consciousness alongside his music. He wrote and recorded with everyone from Iggy Pop to Freddie Mercury to John Lennon, sold 136 million albums, has one of the truly great voices, and influenced bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand.

Paul Trynka illuminates Bowie's seemingly contradictory life and his many reinventions as an artist, offering over 300 new interviews with everyone from classmates to managers to lovers. He reveals Bowie's broad influence on the entertainment world, from movie star to modern-day icon, trend-setter to musical innovator. This book will define Bowie for years to come.

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"Drawing upon more than 250 new interviews with friends of Bowie and on previously published interviews with Bowie, former Mojo editor affectionately chronicles the life and music of Bowie from his childhood and youth to the high points of his career, his recent heart attack and almost total disappearance from the music scene. By the time he was 11, Bowie's charm was developed, a trait that brought him the breaks and opportunities that his ever-active mind learned to exploit. Bowie emerges from Trynka's portrait as a less than consummate musician and more an ambitious individual who knew how to get exactly what he wanted from those around him. From the growling guitars of 'Suffragette City' and the driving dance beats of 'Young Americans' to the stuttering syncopation of 'Fame' and the Beatles-like riffs of 'Changes,' Bowie, in Trynka's hands, is a man who has never settled for the predictable. The lack of any new interviews with Bowie, however, gives the biography the feel of a hagiography. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"The book includes interviews with those who know Bowie best, from childhood friends to those working most closely with him today....This is a terrific book, and readers will be rushing to relisten to the artist's back catalog. Not to be missed." Library Journal (Starred Review)

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Paul Trynka was formerly the editor of Mojo magazine (1996-2003). He has also been the editorial director of Q magazine, launch editor of The Guitar Magazine, and editor-in-chief of New Projects at Emap. He is the author of Iggy Pop (Broadway 2007), Portrait of the Blues, and Denim, a history of the fabric. He lives in London.

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amanda.sledz, October 18, 2011 (view all comments by amanda.sledz)
After reading this book, it occurred to me that when I read a biography, my intent is to learn something new about the subject - not just in terms of the activities that occupied his or her life, but what motivates the subject, and what events and ideas have informed this motivation. "Starman" seems to be more of a scientific paper, that began with the hypothesis that David Bowie is simply a collage musician, harvesting images and ideas from his peers, then strategically arranging them with the advice of those he exploits. If Trynka found any information contrary to this hypothesis, he chose not to include it. This book reads like a timeline, offers little to no information about how Bowie's mind actually works or what inspires him, and skims and skips over some of the most interesting parts of his life. It's apparent that Trynka had little to no access to Bowie himself, and therefore had to rely on a mishmash of short-term girlfriends and long-term enemies when cobbling together this bloated book.
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ISBN:
9780316032254
Author:
Trynka, Paul
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Entertainers; Celebrities; Actors; Rock musicians; Rock singers; Rock music
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 1.75 in 1.9 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Drawing upon more than 250 new interviews with friends of Bowie and on previously published interviews with Bowie, former Mojo editor affectionately chronicles the life and music of Bowie from his childhood and youth to the high points of his career, his recent heart attack and almost total disappearance from the music scene. By the time he was 11, Bowie's charm was developed, a trait that brought him the breaks and opportunities that his ever-active mind learned to exploit. Bowie emerges from Trynka's portrait as a less than consummate musician and more an ambitious individual who knew how to get exactly what he wanted from those around him. From the growling guitars of 'Suffragette City' and the driving dance beats of 'Young Americans' to the stuttering syncopation of 'Fame' and the Beatles-like riffs of 'Changes,' Bowie, in Trynka's hands, is a man who has never settled for the predictable. The lack of any new interviews with Bowie, however, gives the biography the feel of a hagiography. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The book includes interviews with those who know Bowie best, from childhood friends to those working most closely with him today....This is a terrific book, and readers will be rushing to relisten to the artist's back catalog. Not to be missed."
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