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David Bowie: Any Day Now

by Kenneth Pitt (Foreword by)
 
David Bowie first came to notice with the 1969 song "Space Oddity," after which he promptly vanished from the public eye, immersing himself in a long period of musical experimentation and reemerging in 1972 as the glam rock androgyne Ziggy Stardust. Under this persona Bowie launched the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,

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David Bowie first came to notice with the 1969 song "Space Oddity," after which he promptly vanished from the public eye, immersing himself in a long period of musical experimentation and reemerging in 1972 as the glam rock androgyne Ziggy Stardust. Under this persona Bowie launched the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman." The late 60s and early 70s were an incredibly formative and fertile period for Bowie. Any Day Now provides the most detailed account of Bowie's early years ever published, with a wealth of new biographical information, interviews, memorabilia plus rare and unseen portraits from photographers including Terry O'Neill, Ray Stevenson, Geoff MacCormack, David Bebbington, Jak Kilby and Bob Solly. Proceeding year by year--and even day by day, as Bowie's career takes off and goes stellar--it tracks the rock legend's career from his birth in London in 1947 to the height of his success in 1974 with the release of his album Diamond Dogs and his departure from the UK. For hardcore Bowie fans, Any Day Now also includes the most concise listing of early Bowie performances ever published. Author Kevin Cann, who has worked on reissues of Bowie's back catalogue, unravels many of the myths that have surrounded the early career of one of rock's most influential figures, in this encyclopedic illustrated book. Kenneth Pitt, Bowie's manager during these years (1967-1970), contributes a foreword.
Kevin Cann published his first book on Bowie (David Bowie: A Chronology) in 1983. In 1995 he worked as Bowie's assistant on his first solo exhibition in London, and in 1999 he researched and coordinated the reissue of Bowie's back catalogue with EMI. Cann has also worked as consultant on Bowie and Mick Rock's Moonage Daydream (2002) and Geoff MacCormack's Station To Station (2007).

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
What a treasure! Cann published his first Bowie bio, David Bowie: A Chronology, in 1983, but he has surpassed that book and all others on the subject with this engaging and comprehensive look at a captivating cultural and musical chameleon. From his birth as David Robert Jones in 1947 London through his Sixties songwriting and pop-star aspirations (one story has the then unknown leader of Davie Jones & the Manish Boys appearing at Paul McCartney's front door in 1965 and handing him a copy of his first single, "I Pity the Fool") to his first success with "Space Oddity," his role as Ziggy Stardust, and his ultimate move from the UK in 1974, Cann details it all. The book is rich on ephemera—baby pictures, handbills, glam shots—and wonderfully detailed. The format echoes Mark Lewisohn's excellent The Complete Beatles Chronicle. VERDICT Almost 900 photos are included here, and the graphics and production are superb. The only thing missing is the sequel. The definitive collection of an icon's memorabilia, this book will entertain all who are interested in Sixties London and Seventies pop.—Bill Baars, Lake Oswego P.L., OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780955201776
Publisher:
Adelita
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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