The Man Who Sold the World is a critical study of David Bowie's most inventive and influential decade, from his first hit, "Space Oddity," in 1969, to the release of the LP Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) in 1980. Viewing the artist through the lens of his music and his many guises, the acclaimed journalist Peter Doggett offers a detailed analysis—musical, lyrical, conceptual, social—of every song Bowie wrote and recorded during that period, as well as a brilliant exploration of the development of a performer who profoundly affected popular music and the idea of stardom itself.
Dissecting close to 250 songs, Doggett traces the major themes that inspired and shaped Bowie's career, from his flirtations with fascist imagery and infatuation with the occult to his pioneering creation of his alter-ego self in the character of Ziggy Stardust. What emerges is an illuminating account of how Bowie escaped his working-class London background to become a global phenomenon. The Man Who Sold the World lays bare the evolution of Bowie's various personas and unrivaled career of innovation as a musician, singer, composer, lyricist, actor, and conceptual artist. It is a fan's ultimate resource—the most rigorous and insightful assessment to date of Bowie's artistic achievement during this crucial period.
Explains every song and it's meaning pretty well.
There is more than likely some POV in the interpretation of the lyrics in some of the songs, but the overall feel of the book is that of a striking a fair balance.
There is a vast amount of details in this book, it is well researched and full of truly interesting facts.
As avid a Bowie fan as I am, I found this book to be a fairly atrocious read. It was nice to see some of the little scenarios that went into the writings of the songs, but the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by William Menting c/o Dominion Carpet Mills
The Man Who Sold the world is an extensive book on the details of all of David Bowie's songs. The stories behind the songs are very interesting and detailed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Meijer Bjorn
I really enjoyed this book from both the literary criticism viewpoint and because I am a serious fan of Bowie's earlier works. Read morePublished 17 months ago by InfoFish
Very informative and detailed. I'd recommend to any Bowie fan or anyone interested in 1970's pop culture as no one defined the decade like Bowie.Published 19 months ago by Phillip Rogers
David Bowie has had many different stages and personas throughout his long career, as has many respected musicians and artists. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Grand Plumper
I'd read "You Never Give Me Your Money" a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The author brought home to me the troubled history of The Beatles. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Smallridge
The book's author, Peter Doggett, makes it clear from the outset that this should not be considered an exhaustive look at the Chimeric singer/actor's life, but rather a view of his... Read morePublished 20 months ago by L. Allen
This is the first book I've ever read that was specifically about David Bowie, so as I read I gained knowledge of and insight into the life and work of an artist I'd always... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Barnard Rollit
This is a great book. Decades later I still love Bowie. My one and only complaint: I wish the book covered Bowie up to date. If you're a Bowie fan, you won't be disappointed.Published 22 months ago by J. Aragon