Not so much a biography, more of a critique of the life and times of David Bowie.
Paul Morley’s writing is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea – remember those long ponderous articles in the NME back in the day? He is, however, one of the team who curated the ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition for the V&A.
If you’re looking for a linear book on Bowie’s life in straightforward chronological order then this most definitely isn’t the book for you, and likewise if you want a detailed album by album analysis of his musical output.
This is instead more a series of impressions about Bowie, which perhaps tell you as much about the author as they do the subject.
To be fair, Morley does cover the major players in the Bowie story – Visconti, Eno, Iggy, Reed etc, and he is particularly strong on his early days and musical career.
It illustrates very well how Bowie never stopped moving forward and innovating, even when he dropped out of the public eye, constantly striving to invent the future.
At the end of the day, the book lives up to it’s sub title, because David Bowie did indeed make a » Continue Reading.