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Product Details

  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn; 4th Revised edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905287151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905287154
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,011,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pegg eloquently catalogues Bowie’s proclivity for making radical jumps from one musical and fashion motif to another. -- Publishers Weekly

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The career of David Bowie has been one of the most colorful and intriguing in modern rock history. In The Complete David Bowie, Nicholas Pegg chronicles the star’s every move—from his first appearance as balladeer Davy Jones in the 60s, and his spectacular, gender–bending turn in the 70s as Ziggy Stardust, to his starring roles in films like The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Hunger. This definitive reference also includes a detailed production history and an analysis of all Bowie’s albums, including 2003’s Reality; hundreds of entries with facts and anecdotes about all his songs, plus unreleased rarities; and set lists and histories of every live show. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is the book you will have next to your Bowie CDs, DVDs, VHS, Blu-ray and MP3.
7th Labyrinth
Pegg is extremely accurate, and his accounts of the songs Bowie has written and the stories about how the songs were recorded are fascinating.
R. Dean
We like to read about an album, then go through the album, song by song, reading about the song and then listening to it.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Emilio on January 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
It's hard to dispute this book's billing as "The Most Comprehensive Bowie Book Ever Published"! Although the author drew from existing sources without conducting any original research, his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject more than makes up for it. David's music is analyzed from two perspectives: song by song (from A to Z) and album by album (in chronological order). And the entries are far from superficial: they scrutinize each topic exhaustively. Bowie's other works (movies, videos, etc.) are also covered. With 445 pages full of text in small print (no pictures), "The Complete David Bowie" puts all other "Bowie guides" to shame. That, of course, does not include biographies. But you can forget books like "We Can Be Heroes - The Story Behind Every Bowie Song" (Chris Welch), "The Complete Guide to The Music of David Bowie" (David Buckley - but his Bowie biography "Strange Fascination", on the other hand, is a must), "David Bowie, Theatre of Music" (Robert Matthew-Walker) and others in a similar vein.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Karl Haikara on July 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
The best book about David Bowie, in a non-bio way.
The meat of the book are its song by song chapter, and album by album chapter.
The song by song covers every Bowie song, taking about its form and whats its about.
The album by album chapter covers each album in great detail.
The book also has chapters about Bowie's art, acting, videos, ect. In all it has nearly everything you'll need to know about David Bowie's career.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Irene Syrkos on June 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Complete David Bowie is definitely the best account of David�s work, presenting in the first part of the book each and every song he has ever written or sung and continuing with his albums, singles, movies and live appearances.
Don�t get me wrong, Nicolas Pegg has done a great and painstaking job and the book is a great source if you�re going to write a thesis on Bowie(!), but I wouldn�t call it fun reading, mostly because of its structure, which is similar to that of a dictionary or encyclopedia! However, there are many interesting facts and quotes that will draw your attention, and you get to hear the explanation of many of his songs from David! �e.g. I didn�t know what the theme of Heathen (The Rays) was and why it brought tears to his eyes in one of his concerts�
I think it�s a very good and detailed piece of work, as long as you know what you�re getting!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ramona A Stone on February 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a collector of Bowie's music, I found this book invaluable. It filled in some gaps in my understanding of the great ones music and cleverly clarifies the evolution process from one Bowie phase to the next.
The book makes reference to many rare and unreleased songs which is vital to a serious collector.
It is written plainly and factually with no hint of worship.
If you are only concerned with Bowie's music then this is the book for you. Essential.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Irene Syrkos on June 4, 2003
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The Complete David Bowie is definitely the best account of David's work, presenting in the first part of the book each and every song he has ever written or sung and continues with his albums, singles, movies and live appearances.
Don't get me wrong, Nicolas Pegg has done a great and painstaking job and the book is a great source if you're going to write a thesis on Bowie(!), but I wouldn't call it fun reading, mostly because of its structure, which is similar to that of a dictionary or encyclopedia! However, there are many interesting facts and quotes that will draw your attention, and you get to hear the explanation of many of his songs from David! -e.g. I didn't know what the theme of Heathen (The Rays) was and why it brought tears to his eyes in one of his concerts...
I think it's a very good and detailed piece of work, as long as you know what you're getting!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Sanderson on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recently got into Bowie stuff I'd never really paid attention too - "Heroes", Young Americans, Station to Station, Diamond Dogs....I used to just listen to singles. After reading Hugo Wilcken's book on Low I needed to know more, and wikipedia repeatedly cited this book by Nicholas Pegg as a source when I would search individual songs. If you want to know everything about Bowie, buy this, its a huge book, and goes through each song conceptually as well as production and performance wise, and then goes through each album as a whole, including historical anecdotes, who or what influenced each record, who he played with, and there's plenty of quotes from Bowie peppered throughout. This is one stop shopping for insatiable Bowie fans, not to mention incredibly well written. It reads like high-brow criticism that is understandable, with the occassionally humourous observation thrown in. You can tell the author is a fan himself, but remains unbiased and doesn't shy from acknowledging Bowie's eighties stuff as sub-par compared to the seventies. The version I have goes up to Reality. It also lists and describes in depth live tours, film and TV appearances and basically anything else you might want to know. Shipped in a week.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Dean on July 27, 2004
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If you are a Bowie fan, this is must reading. Pegg is extremely accurate, and his accounts of the songs Bowie has written and the stories about how the songs were recorded are fascinating. He does a great job tying Bowie's lyrics and music to places and times in Bowie's life, creating a full picture of all that was happening. The accounts of Bowie's tours and albums are accurate and excellent reading, very concise without being wordy or over the top. To get the complete picture of Bowie the entertainer buy this book. I have been a huge fan of Bowie since 1984 and this is the best book ever done on him.
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