A richly illustrated 160-page chronicle of pop's greatest exponent of style. This visual examination of a celebrated multi-faceted career documents the impact of David Bowie on twentieth-century fashion and culture, brilliantly capturing his spatial odyssey from dedicated follower to supreme arbiter of rock chic. As the book says, 'Bowie's "style" has always amounted to moA richly illustrated 160-page chronicle of pop's greatest exponent of style. This visual examination of a celebrated multi-faceted career documents the impact of David Bowie on twentieth-century fashion and culture, brilliantly capturing his spatial odyssey from dedicated follower to supreme arbiter of rock chic. As the book says, 'Bowie's "style" has always amounted to more than clothes, hair and cosmetics. Style, for Bowie, is inextricable from art...it is less a flight from reality than an entire way of life.' The range of photographs is staggering. From his humble Brixton beginnings to the classy pop icon in the last quarter of the old millennium (every year from 1962 to 1999 is amply represented), the book shows a changing glamour gallery of Bowies down the years, all different and yet somehow all unified by an unerring grasp of Style with a capital S. Whether it's on-stage with The King Bees in the Sixties, off-stage at Haddon Hall in the Seventies, on-stage (again) with Iggy Pop in the Eighties, or back-stage with Morrissey in the Nineties, Steve Pafford, editor of the UK's 'Crankin' Out' Bowie fan club magazine (PO Box 3268, London NW6 4NH), has unearthed some fascinating pix. There are close to 500 images in BowieStyle, an all-time high, and around 40% are guaranteed previously unseen. There's also an exclusive two-page interview with photographer Mick Rock, contributions from ex-manager Ken Pitt, as well as previously unpublished extracts of Crankin' Out's interviews with collaborator Tony Visconti, clothes designer Natasha Kornilof and Manish Boy Bob Solly. The informed, incisive text and picture captions are also littered with quotes from David himself, compiled from various media interviews conducted over the years, as well as his chats with Crankin' Out, which appear in print for the very first time....
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bowie style Reviews
A glossy album-style book with lots (I mean lots!) of Bowie photos from his childhood through to the late 1990s. Paytress is a very good writer and I enjoyed his text - the lyric-laced photo captions were fun. An excellent potted history of Bowie's cultural significance for the period covered.My only gripe is the format of the book, which is arranged as a chronological examination of Bowie's changing styles, interspersed with "features" about significant subjects, such as collaborations with other artists, influences on Bowie's music and stage shows, etc. These are often plonked unceremoniously within the flow of the main text, often out of context with it, and on one occasion the flow is just cut off, with no continuation after the feature. But that's just nit-picking - it's still a great book for the Bowie fan and/or fashionista (only one of which I can claim title to).
This slim coffee table book stays within a limited-but-useful scope, setting out its stall as a rundown of Bowie's influence or use of fashion over years and his many changes of approach and style. Accompanying the many pictures is a reasonably perceptive thematic potted history up to the year 2000 which is occasionally marred by some NME-style sneering and punnery, complete with blanket dismissals of decades using fairly hackneyed examples. Indeed, this book in its 160 pages or so achieves what many much longer books fail to do in pinning down a cogent vision of Bowie, with the added advantage of being a visual work. Its thematic approach, which means flitting between periods and is rather annoying at first, actually ends up being fairly instructive, breaking out a purely linear narrative and drawing connecting lines between different styles in different periods.This is not the "definitive" biography by any stretch, but it would definitely be a good place to send a younger listener interested in knowing what all the fuss was about when a 69 year old musician died recently. Or to give yourself a sweeping overview of the visual artistry of a performer we can now safely consider as a true one-of-a-kind. And there are some great photographs in here.
I am getting into Bowie a bit late in life so I wanted a good bio on him. I know this isn't meant to be a good bio but it was available at my library and a quick read so I thought I would check it out. It is more 2.5 stars than 3. What I liked - the pictures, the theme of the book looking at Bowie's style and his influence, and it is a nice quick look at his career. Why I can't praise it too much is because it really is a superficial look at Bowie's life, so I think it would be better as a companion book to a more in depth bio. ASIDE: I also was pissed at the author who opined that the main character in Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land - Michael Valentine Smith - was a "power fixated alien". I have read that book more times than any other book and that is a ridiculous opinion to hold and makes me question the author's intelligence.
Meh.Not a Goblin King picture to be found yet a great starting point for new fans.