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In the manner of George Plimpton's ground-breaking oral biographies of Truman Capote and Edie Sedgwick, this is the definitive oral biography of David Bowie told through over 180 carefully edited and curated original, exclusive interviews with those who knew Bowie best from school friends to global megastars.

Dylan Jones’s engrossing, magisterial biography of David Bowie is unlike any Bowie story ever written. Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. Tracing Bowie’s life from the English suburbs to London to New York to Los Angeles, Berlin, and beyond, its collective voices describe a man profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry; an intuitive artist who could absorb influences through intense relationships and yet drop people cold when they were no longer of use; and a social creature equally comfortable partying with John Lennon and dining with Frank Sinatra. By turns insightful and deliciously gossipy, DAVID BOWIE is as intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn. It sparks with admiration and grievances, lust and envy, as the speakers bring you into studios and bedrooms they shared with Bowie, and onto stages and film sets, opening corners of his mind and experience that transform our understanding of both artist and art. Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, drawn from a series of Jones’s interviews with him across two decades, DAVID BOWIE is an epic, unforgettable cocktail-party conversation about a man whose enigmatic shapeshifting and irrepressible creativity produced one of the most sprawling, fascinating lives of our time.

Reviews

A treat for enthusiasts […] it bulges with essential and telling Spinal Tappish gossip

Guardian

A treat for enthusiasts […] it bulges with essential and telling Spinal Tappish gossip

Guardian

A treat for enthusiasts […] it bulges with essential and telling Spinal Tappish gossip

Guardian

A treat for enthusiasts […] it bulges with essential and telling Spinal Tappish gossip

Guardian

A treat for enthusiasts […] it bulges with essential and telling Spinal Tappish gossip

Guardian

A treat for enthusiasts […] it bulges with essential and telling Spinal Tappish gossip

Guardian

A treat for enthusiasts […] it bulges with essential and telling Spinal Tappish gossip

Guardian

A treat for enthusiasts […] it bulges with essential and telling Spinal Tappish gossip

Guardian

A treat for enthusiasts […] it bulges with essential and telling Spinal Tappish gossip

Guardian

One of the most colourful and intimate portraits yet painted of Bowie

Vogue

One of the most colourful and intimate portraits yet painted of Bowie

Vogue

One of the most colourful and intimate portraits yet painted of Bowie

Vogue

One of the most colourful and intimate portraits yet painted of Bowie

Vogue

One of the most colourful and intimate portraits yet painted of Bowie

Vogue

One of the most colourful and intimate portraits yet painted of Bowie

Vogue

One of the most colourful and intimate portraits yet painted of Bowie

Vogue

One of the most colourful and intimate portraits yet painted of Bowie

Vogue

One of the most colourful and intimate portraits yet painted of Bowie

Vogue

An epic, incredibly detailed and comprehensive account … lively, funny and warm

Esquire

An epic, incredibly detailed and comprehensive account … lively, funny and warm

Esquire

An epic, incredibly detailed and comprehensive account … lively, funny and warm

Esquire

An epic, incredibly detailed and comprehensive account … lively, funny and warm

Esquire

An epic, incredibly detailed and comprehensive account … lively, funny and warm

Esquire

An epic, incredibly detailed and comprehensive account … lively, funny and warm

Esquire

An epic, incredibly detailed and comprehensive account … lively, funny and warm

Esquire

An epic, incredibly detailed and comprehensive account … lively, funny and warm

Esquire

An epic, incredibly detailed and comprehensive account … lively, funny and warm

Esquire

There is literally no better way to spend your time than by reading about the late, great, beautiful and brilliant David Bowie

Tatler

There is literally no better way to spend your time than by reading about the late, great, beautiful and brilliant David Bowie

Tatler

There is literally no better way to spend your time than by reading about the late, great, beautiful and brilliant David Bowie

Tatler

There is literally no better way to spend your time than by reading about the late, great, beautiful and brilliant David Bowie

Tatler

There is literally no better way to spend your time than by reading about the late, great, beautiful and brilliant David Bowie

Tatler

There is literally no better way to spend your time than by reading about the late, great, beautiful and brilliant David Bowie

Tatler

There is literally no better way to spend your time than by reading about the late, great, beautiful and brilliant David Bowie

Tatler

There is literally no better way to spend your time than by reading about the late, great, beautiful and brilliant David Bowie

Tatler

There is literally no better way to spend your time than by reading about the late, great, beautiful and brilliant David Bowie

Tatler

An affectionate, sometimes surprising, always fascinating picture of a Star Man in the real world

STELLA Magazine

An affectionate, sometimes surprising, always fascinating picture of a Star Man in the real world

STELLA Magazine

An affectionate, sometimes surprising, always fascinating picture of a Star Man in the real world

STELLA Magazine

An affectionate, sometimes surprising, always fascinating picture of a Star Man in the real world

STELLA Magazine

An affectionate, sometimes surprising, always fascinating picture of a Star Man in the real world

STELLA Magazine

An affectionate, sometimes surprising, always fascinating picture of a Star Man in the real world

STELLA Magazine

An affectionate, sometimes surprising, always fascinating picture of a Star Man in the real world

STELLA Magazine

An affectionate, sometimes surprising, always fascinating picture of a Star Man in the real world

STELLA Magazine

An affectionate, sometimes surprising, always fascinating picture of a Star Man in the real world

STELLA Magazine

Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie’s death last year, this is perhaps the most useful

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Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie’s death last year, this is perhaps the most useful

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Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie’s death last year, this is perhaps the most useful

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Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie’s death last year, this is perhaps the most useful

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Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie’s death last year, this is perhaps the most useful

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Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie’s death last year, this is perhaps the most useful

i Paper

Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie’s death last year, this is perhaps the most useful

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Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie’s death last year, this is perhaps the most useful

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Of all the volumes to appear since Bowie’s death last year, this is perhaps the most useful

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781848094963

    September 18, 2017

    Preface Publishing

    480 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • Hardback

    9781848094956

    September 15, 2017

    Preface Publishing

    480 pages

    RRP $49.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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