David Bowie Fantastic Voyage

Autore: Francesco Donadio
ISBN: 886231471X
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Simbolo di libertà e creatività, edonismo e decadenza. Creatura in apparenza aliena, attraversata tuttavia da umanissime angosce sulla vita e sulla morte, la religione, la fama e il sesso: David Robert Jones, in arte Bowie, è ritenuto un genio (dagli estimatori) o uno scaltro manipolatore (dai detrattori), non sono ammesse mezze misure. In ogni caso il “camaleonte del rock”, come lo definiscono alcuni titolisti dotati di scarsa fantasia, non è mai banale ed è sempre pronto a spiazzare. C’è riuscito per l’ennesima volta l’8 gennaio 2013 – giorno del suo 66esimo compleanno – quando, dopo un’assenza di dieci anni, mentre i giornali avevano già preparato i loro “coccodrilli”, è resuscitato sul Web postando il video di una nuova canzone, Where Are We Now?, e annunciando l’imminente uscita dell’album THE NEXT DAY, preparato in gran segreto. Bowie è uno dei “grandi padri” del pop-rock. Sono ormai quarant’anni che calca le scene, ha attraversato (quasi) tutti i generi e alcuni ha contribuito a crearli: dal rhythm’n’blues degli inizi alla jungle-industrial degli anni Novanta, passando per il folk cantautorale, il glam rock en travesti, il plastic soul, la new wave in salsa kraut, l’elettronica sperimentale, l’heavy grunge alternativo e ancora molti altri. Se il sound e l’immagine non bastassero, ci sono le canzoni a fare la differenza: Space Oddity, Rebel Rebel, Young Americans, Let’s Dance... e la lista potrebbe andare avanti per ore. Musica potente, contrassegnata da liriche talora misteriose e di ardua decifrabilità. Tuttavia, come lui stesso ha ammesso, “in fondo alla fine ricorrono sempre gli stessi temi, che poi sono i miei interessi”. Non può che essere questo, pertanto, il punto di partenza per “decodificare” le liriche di un artista che ha saputo dare una brillante forma estetica alle proprie ansie e ai propri travagli esistenziali. Questi, a sua volta, erano i medesimi conflitti vissuti dai suoi fan; e Bowie, in tutti questi anni, non ha mai smesso di offrir loro quel conforto riassumibile nel metaforico, melodrammatico abbraccio con cui concludeva i concerti degli anni Settanta: “you’re not alone!”.

David Bowie

Autore: Francesco Donadio
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David Bowie Is

Autore: Victoria Broackes
Editore: Victoria & Albert Museum
ISBN: 9781851777372
Grandezza: 45,65 MB
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David Bowie is a pioneering artist and performer whose career has spanned nearly 50 years and brought him international acclaim. He has sold over 140 million albums, and been cited as a major influence on contemporary artists and designers working across the creative arts. This is the first book produced with access to the David Bowie archive of performance costume, ephemera and original artwork by the artist, which is brought together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations. The book traces his career from its beginnings in London, through the breakthroughs of Space Oddity and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and on to his impact on the larger international tradition of twentieth-century avant-garde art. Essays by V&A curators on Bowie's London, image, and influence on the fashion world, are complemented by Christopher Frayling, Mark Kermode and Philip Hoare on film ; Howard Goodall on musicology ; Camille Paglia on gender and decadence ; and Jon Savage on Bowie's relationship with William Burroughs and his fans.

David Bowie

Autore: Eoin Devereux
Editore: Routledge
ISBN: 1317754492
Grandezza: 43,25 MB
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David Bowie: Critical Perspectives examines in detail the many layers of one of the most intriguing and influential icons in popular culture. This interdisciplinary book brings together established and emerging scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds, including musicology, sociology, art history, literary theory, philosophy, politics, film studies and media studies. Bowie’s complexity as a singer, songwriter, producer, performer, actor and artist demands that any critical engagement with his overall work must be interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in its scope. The chapters are organised around the key themes of ‘textualities’, ‘psychologies’, ‘orientalisms’, ‘art and agency’ and ‘performing and influencing’ in Bowie’s work. This comprehensive book contributes a great deal to the study of popular music, performance, gender, religion, popular media and celebrity.

Strange Fascination

Autore: David Buckley
Editore: Random House
ISBN: 1448132479
Grandezza: 16,45 MB
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Vista: 3075
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The Sunday Times bestseller. David Bowie was arguably the most influential artist of his time, reinventing himself again and again, transforming music, style and art for over five decades. David Buckley's unique approach to unravelling the Bowie enigma, via interviews with many of the singer's closest associates, biography and academic analysis, makes this unrivalled biography a classic for Bowie fans old and new. This revised edition of Strange Fascination captures exclusive details about the tours, the making of the albums, the arguments, the split-ups, the music and, most importantly, the man himself. Also including exclusive photographic material, Strange Fascination is the most complete account of David Bowie and his impact on pop culture ever written.


Autore: Simon Critchley
Editore: Or Books
ISBN: 9781944869144
Grandezza: 63,85 MB
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Simon Critchley first encountered David Bowie in the early seventies, when the singer appeared on Britain s most-watched music show, Top of the Pops. His performance of Starman mesmerized Critchley: it was so sexual, so knowing, so strange. Two days later Critchley s mum bought a copy of the single; she liked both the song and the performer s bright orange hair (she had previously been a hairdresser). The seed of a lifelong love affair was thus planted in the mind of her son, aged 12. In this concise and engaging excursion through the songs of one of the world s greatest pop stars, Critchley, whose writings on philosophy have garnered widespread praise, melds personal narratives of how Bowie lit up his dull life in southern England s suburbs with philosophical forays into the way concepts of authenticity and identity are turned inside out in Bowie s work. The result is nearly as provocative and mind-expanding as the artist it portrays. "


Autore: Wendy Leigh
Editore: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476767092
Grandezza: 38,53 MB
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A revealing look at David Bowie, including rarely seen photos, draws on interviews with his lovers, girlfriends, business associates, groupies, and band members to shine a light on the life and career of this hypnotic performer.


Autore: John Cage
Editore: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 0819571865
Grandezza: 79,27 MB
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"I was obliged to find a radical way to work -- to get at the real, at the root of the matter," John Cage says in this trio of dialogues, completed just days before his death. His quest for the root of the matter led him beyond the bounds of the conventional in all his musical, written, and visual pieces. The resulting expansion of the definition of art -- with its concomitant emphasis on innovation and invention--earned him a reputation as one of America's most influential contemporary artists. Joan Retallack's conversations with Cage represent the first consideration of his artistic production in its entirety, across genres. Informed by the perspective of age, Cage's comments range freely from his theories of chance and indeterminate composition to his long-time collaboration with Merce Cunningham to the aesthetics of his multimedia works. A composer for whom the whole world -- with its brimming silences and anarchic harmonies -- was a source of music, Cage once claimed, "There is no noise, only sounds." As these interviews attest, that penchant for testing traditions reached far beyond his music. His lifelong project, Retallack writes in her comprehensive introduction, was "dislodging cultural authoritarianism and gridlock by inviting surprising conjunctions within carefully delimited frameworks and processes." Consummate performer to the end, Cage delivers here just such a conjunction -- a tour de force that provides new insights into the man and a clearer view of the status of art in the 20th century.

Bowie Hutch

Autore: John 'Hutch' Hutchinson
Editore: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1291904034
Grandezza: 34,51 MB
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Bowie & Hutch is an unusual memoir, Bowie a world superstar and Hutch a comparatively little known, semi-retired jazz guitarist living in rural East Yorkshire. John 'Hutch' Hutchinson was Bowie's musical collaborator, side-man, accompanying musician and friend, and his story should be an essential read for Bowie fans around the world. An off and on musical relationship then continued for seven years, from the Marquee Club days to the fall of Ziggy Stardust in 1973. Hutch's valuable contributions to David's music during the early years are amongst the building blocks of David Bowie's spectacular career. Looking back with good humour and affection, Hutch is able to give his first-hand account of life on the road with David Bowie. The book also covers Bowie & Hutch's musical lives in parallel from the beginnings, through the rock and roll years and up to the present day. John 'Hutch' Hutchinson is still playing regular gigs in York, Scarborough and The Yorkshire Wolds area.

In The Pleasure Groove

Autore: John Taylor
Editore: Penguin
ISBN: 0142196940
Grandezza: 72,30 MB
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A personal account by the co-founder of Duran Duran traces their meteoric rise in the 1980s while evaluating the impact of fame on the author's life, his struggles with addiction and depression and his subsequent journey toward peace. 75,000 first printing.