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Bowie In Berlin: A new career in a new town Paperback – February 1, 2008
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Thomas Jerome Seabrook is a writer and editor and this is his first book. He has previously contributed to the Faber Companion To 20th Century Popoular Music (Faber & Faber), Albums; The Stories Behind 50 Years Of Great Recordings, Singles; Six Decades Of Hot Hits And Classic Cuts (both Thunder Bay).
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One thing that puzzles me is how well could any artist do with limitless funds for cocaine? How much was him and how much was the drug? Since I like the Berlin works best, this is the most interesting time in Bowie's life for me. If you agree this book is for you.
Bowie kept himself very thin to the point of ill health, and I also read if he did not use the cocaine he drank a lot. Drinking heavily is very destructive to the brain. Bowie burned himself out in a short period of time, but he made some wonderful music. Naturally it is interesting to read about how he did it.
The reading of this book however is my first investment into getting to know the story behind the Berlin adventure. Compared to most literature on music, this book is extremely well written and a pleasure to read. Unlike my fellow reviewer, I also enjoyed the detours into side-stories and parallel personalities. The only character that finds it hard to come off the page is Iggy. But then the book is not about him...
P.D.: Warsaw is not the Czech capital, it is Poland's.
I would easily have given the book four stars, but I feel I have to dock it one because the formatting of the Kindle edition is just terrible. There are major typos on nearly every screen, some of them so bizarre one has to wonder what was originally meant. One such typo was a word somewhat like "cmcical" in regard to Iggy Pop. Was that supposed to be "crucial" or "comical"?
And take this section, talking about Iggy Pop's "TV Eye" which was meant to be a contract-breaker for RCA, "the label that Bcrvvie had urged tcr sign Iggy, but which had never really understood him c>r his music. While it is of some interest as a document cfr Iggy's return to the stage, and of 13<rwie's brief role as as his keyboardist..." All of that is exactly how it appears in the book, though admittedly that's a particularly ripe plumb.
In short, I enjoyed the book; it's engagingly written and gathers a lot of information, the author is quite insightful, and it's a fun and compelling read. But I urge someone connected with it to take another pass at editing the Kindle edition. The number of typos exceeds even what an Oblique Strategy would recommend.
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