David Bowie: Fame, Sound and Vision

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This culturally sensitive re-reading of the life, image and music of David Bowie offers a detailed understanding of his importance to modern times. The story of David Bowie involves questions of commodification, youth culture, history, individualization, racism, and gender and sexual politics. Yet this is also a tale of ambiguity and pleasurable confusion. Among the many talents of David Bowie has been his ability to capture through popular culture key contradictions of the modern era. Through the interpretation ...
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Overview

This culturally sensitive re-reading of the life, image and music of David Bowie offers a detailed understanding of his importance to modern times. The story of David Bowie involves questions of commodification, youth culture, history, individualization, racism, and gender and sexual politics. Yet this is also a tale of ambiguity and pleasurable confusion. Among the many talents of David Bowie has been his ability to capture through popular culture key contradictions of the modern era. Through the interpretation of images, music, text, and interviews with many Bowie fans, this book seeks to unravel some of the mystery that continues to surround the bohemian prince of pop.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This work stands out in its ability to not only explore the roots of Bowie's star image but also to recognise them throughout his career. Stevenson treats Bowie's career as a totality, as a spectrum rather than distinct periods or disparate images or transofrmations. This is what sets this work apart, and what marks Stevenson's book as worthy of serious consideration"
Popular Music

"Nick Stevenson paints a fascinating portrait of David Bowie. We see Bowie change with his times, we see him refracted through social, and we see him reflected in the fantasies of his fans. This is a thought-provoking study of one of pop's most intriguing icons."

John Street, University of East Anglia

"At last, an intelligent book about David Bowie which elucidates his exotic appeal and pays tribute to his long standing capacity to be one step ahead of the pack in “reading” popular culture. This is a notable contribution to the growing literature on celebrity culture."

Chris Rojek, Nottingham Trent University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745629391
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Series: Polity celebrities Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Stevenson, University of Nottingham
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : David Bowie in the age of celebrity 1
2 Bowie in the sixties : the making of a star 7
3 Postmodern Bowie 38
4 Commodifying Bowie 82
5 Bohemian Bowie 111
6 Bowie fans 147
7 Conclusion : David Bowie today 192
David Bowie discography 196
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    AWFUL

    I am a huge David Bowie fan and read this book because it was described as this big tribute to the singer. Instead I got one of the most boring books I have ever read. It focused mostly on David's sexuality and whether or not he was homosexual. Honestly I don't know why Nick decided to potray Bowie as such a bad and confused singer. He focused on Bowie's lows and did so in a very boring matter. I practically fell asleep while reading this book.

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