Aside from the fact that he was an excellent songwriter, the next best thing about David Bowie is the range of his influences and the way he translated them into his art. David Bowie was the absolute intersection point between the world of music and the worlds of literature, fine art, theatrical performance, and film. Listening to his music opened entire worlds to me, from painters like Salvador Dali to writers like William S. Burroughs and George Orwell. There were no limits for him creatively and as a result he produced a body of work that, in the traditions of painters like Bosch or Chagall, represents its own self-contained cosmology of concepts and characters, designs and aesthetics. Author Paolo Hewitt traces the process of his development from album to album, providing context with Bowie's life, as life and art were inextricably linked, with insightful commentary and vibrant full-page pictures. In the process of which he sheds light on details even I, a confessed super fan, didn't know. If you're not already a fan like I am, this book could easily turn you into one, following an artist and human being's growth and development through that which was most important to him: the work, the albums. — From Salvatore's Picks
Introducing the essential companion to a music icon, Bowie: Album by Album features a discography of studio albums, live albums, notable compilations and soundtracks of David Bowie's legendary achievements. When the news of David Bowie's death broke, just two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar, the music world was rocked by the loss of this visionary icon. Bowie: Album by Album is the ultimate celebration of his entire career. Longtime fans and new followers alike can explore in detail every album and every track--from his eponymous 1967 debut album, through his monumental rise in the seventies, including The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Station to Station, Low, and Heroes, and culminating in the critically acclaimed Blackstar. Longtime fans and new followers alike can explore in detail every album and every track--from his eponymous 1967 debut album, through his monumental rise in the seventies, including The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Station to Station, Low, and Heroes, and culminating in the critically acclaimed Blackstar. Featuring a galaxy of rare and iconic images from the world's leading photographers, fans will love iconic images from album covers and performances from across the decades. These are combined with more intimate, behind-the-scenes images that reveal the musician at work. Written by acclaimed music critic Paolo Hewitt, the text assesses the writing and recording of each release, and reflects on their impact and influence on the art of popular music. Featuring a discography of studio albums, live albums, notable compilations and soundtracks, this is the essential companion to David Bowie's legendary achievements.
About the Author
Paolo Hewitt is a British journalist and author of over twenty titles covering such subjects as music, fashion, and soccer. He has written for Melody Maker and NME, Vogue Germany, and The Sunday Times. Among other titles, he is the author of The Small Faces: The Young Mod's Forgotten Story and Alan McGee and the Story of Creation Records, as well as various works of fiction. He lives in London. Robert Elms is a writer, broadcaster, and radio show host for BBC London. He is also a former columnist for NME andThe Face, and author of The Way We Wore: A Life in ThreadsM, a book about fashion's relationship between music and youth culture. He lives in London.