Bowie in Berlin: New Music Night and Day

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(Book). Bowie in Berlin tells the fascinating story of the three years David Bowie spent in Germany in the mid-1970s, making the most extraordinary music of his career. Driven to the brink of madness by cocaine, overwork, marital strife, and a paranoid obsession with the occult, Bowie fled Los Angeles in 1975 and ended up in Berlin, the divided city on the frontline between communist East and capitalist West. There he sought anonymity, taking an apartment in a run-down district with his sometime collaborator Iggy Pop, another refugee from drugs

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(Book). Bowie in Berlin tells the fascinating story of the three years David Bowie spent in Germany in the mid-1970s, making the most extraordinary music of his career. Driven to the brink of madness by cocaine, overwork, marital strife, and a paranoid obsession with the occult, Bowie fled Los Angeles in 1975 and ended up in Berlin, the divided city on the frontline between communist East and capitalist West. There he sought anonymity, taking an apartment in a run-down district with his sometime collaborator Iggy Pop, another refugee from drugs and debauchery, while they explored the city and its notorious nightlife. In this intensely creative period, Bowie put together three classic albums Low, "Heroes" , and Lodger with collaborators who included Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, and Tony Visconti. He also found time to produce two albums for Iggy Pop The Idiot and Lust for Life and to take a leading role in a movie, the ill-starred Just a Gigolo . Bowie in Berlin tells the story of that period and those records, exploring Bowie's fascination with the city, unearthing his sources of inspiration, detailing his working methods, and teasing out the elusive meanings of the songs. Painstakingly researched and vividly written, the book casts a new light on the most creative and influential era in David Bowie's career.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906002084
  • Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 480,855
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Picture section     6
Introduction     17
Speed of Life
Black Noise: How David Bowie became British pop's brightest 70s star     22
The Year of Magical Thinking: Los Angeles: The Man Who Fell to Earth and Station To Station     31
Going Round & Round: Reality slips and Europe beckons     57
New Music: Night and Day
Dum Dum Days: Iggy Pop, The Idiot, and the move to Berlin     74
Iggy Pop: The Idiot - track by track     89
What in the World: Collaborating with Eno and recording Low     96
David Bowie: Low - track by track     119
Neighbourhood Threat: Playing keyboards with Iggy Pop and making Lust For Life     134
Iggy Pop: Lust For Life - track by track     152
Fur Einen Tag: Settling in Berlin and recording "Heroes"     159
David Bowie: "Heroes" - track by track     174
Peace on Earth
Stage & screen: Back to the world: TV; Just A Gigolo; world tour     190
Do Something Boring: Lodger: completing the trilogy or making a new start?     221
The Heart's Filthy Lesson: The continuing influence of Bowie and his late-70s records     243
Endnotes     255
Selected discography     261
Tour dates     265
Bibliography / websites / periodicals     267
Index     268
Acknowledgements     272

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Bowie is Brilliant

    The thirty five pages that I have been given the cance to read have been absolutely eye opening. Although there is one incident of vulgarity, that which I will not mention, overall a great explanation of what David Bowie's life was like during the mid seventies. With all of the drug abuse, he still managed to produce great music. Albums like The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, the all famous glam record Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, as well as David Live which really showed the bone thin, coke ravaged David Bowie of 1974-75, and Young Americans right before Station to Station and the famed 'Berlin Trilogy' as some call it [Low, Heroes, and Lodger] in the late seventies. This period of paranoia, drug use and abuse, and the writing of great music has now been captured so that all of the Bowie fans and fanatics out there, me being one of them, can realize the turmoil Bowie faced in that time while still making ground breaking new music. This book is for anyone who cares about David and noticed his dramatic weight loss [and all the sniffling] he experienced from 1970-79 who felt bad for him. If you love David Bowie you should really read this book.
    Written by: Kristin L. Turner, El Cajon, CA, 12:15 PM

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