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Let me say that I am probably one the biggest Bowie fans I have everything that he s ever done as far a music, and I m now trying to see his film work as well My parents bought this book for me as a Christmas gift, and I m still reading it For me, its a bible for Bowie fans Its something that every Bowie fan should read.This book covers everything that you could possibly want to know about Bowie There s really no need to read any other Bowie reference work if you ve read and or own this boo Let me say that I am probably one the biggest Bowie fans I have everything that he s ever done as far a music, and I m now trying to see his film work as well My parents bought this book for me as a Christmas gift, and I m still reading it For me, its a bible for Bowie fans Its something that every Bowie fan should read.This book covers everything that you could possibly want to know about Bowie There s really no need to read any other Bowie reference work if you ve read and or own this book Pegg is a wise writer whose explanations and critique are very accurate and well researched I definitely recommend this book for Bowie fans at all stagesit s an absolute essential read for those who want to truly understand the work of one of music s most intriguing and off the wall musicians ever Yes, definitely the definitive Bowie overview Song by song, album by album, etc Pegg finds lots of unreleased and obscure tracks as well Really thorough, and Pegg s a terrific writer Highly recommended for the fan Noobs probably want something a little lighter.I read a 1999 edition surelycurrent updated editions exist. The complete David Bowie is a pretty good book to consult with for your Bowie needs Channels Han Solo I don t know, my Bowie needs are quite a bit, you might say Mine too, my friend I was born a David Bowie fan Wearing a David Bowie t shirt Instead of saying It s a girl the doctor said It s a Bowie fan or It s another Bowie fan , since my twin was born first.I ve read a few Bowie books over the years don t think they are on goodreads I think this is the best one to get No The complete David Bowie is a pretty good book to consult with for your Bowie needs Channels Han Solo I don t know, my Bowie needs are quite a bit, you might say Mine too, my friend I was born a David Bowie fan Wearing a David Bowie t shirt Instead of saying It s a girl the doctor said It s a Bowie fan or It s another Bowie fan , since my twin was born first.I ve read a few Bowie books over the years don t think they are on goodreads I think this is the best one to get Not annoyingly gossipy in that awful missing the point way, only about the stuff to drool over It s weird but I enjoy Beatles myths to no end With Bowie I think it can t come too soon that he s known for just the music Where other writers about Bowie tend to treat their subject as an alternative religion, an epic tale of rock n roll excess where the music wasor less a footnote, or worst of all an excuse to go on about themselves for page after page after page, The Complete Bowie puts the art and the facts first and foremost, and in so doing ends up telling the storyaccurately, coherently and above all excitingly than pretty much anyone else ever.And it really IS The Complete Bowie From The Laughin Where other writers about Bowie tend to treat their subject as an alternative religion, an epic tale of rock n roll excess where the music wasor less a footnote, or worst of all an excuse to go on about themselves for page after page after page, The Complete Bowie puts the art and the facts first and foremost, and in so doing ends up telling the storyaccurately, coherently and above all excitingly than pretty much anyone else ever.And it really IS The Complete Bowie From The Laughing Gnome, Tin Machine and Earthling to The Linguini Incident, liveandwell.com and those paintings he did of the back of his head or something, anything and everything in Bowie s universe that traditionally gets either snorted at or ignored by other biographers is given as fair a crack of the whip as possible here Pegg has the sense to see that it s all part of his creative development and process whether theprecious fans like it or not, and while you may end up exasperatedly wondering just how many tens of thousands of songs formed part of that Cher Show Medley, or find the painstakingly detailed live history as gruelling to read in one go as the touring schedules themselves probably were for the milk peppers coke era Bowie, a challenging but rewarding artist deserves a challenging but rewarding read.Seemingly every page has a new and enthralling fact on it, from the Low sessions ending each day with a group watch of Fawlty Towers to Ken Pitt s dogged attempts to land his protege a gig hosting Jackanory, and nowhere else would you find a serious and straight faced assessment of just how big an influence the BBC children s show Flower Pot Men had on his artistic vision.The best book about David Bowie ever Yes If you can t read shit any , read this Nicholas Pegg s The Complete David Bowie is not a biographyof a reference book that includes biographical material Pegg looks at every song in alphabetic order, revealing anecdotes and insights into lyrics Every album in chronological order, delving into his state of mind whilst making them and who he had around him, videos, tours, including set lists, his acting career and then miscellaneous such as painting, internet etc Originally I thought I d be using it as a reference work but act Nicholas Pegg s The Complete David Bowie is not a biographyof a reference book that includes biographical material Pegg looks at every song in alphabetic order, revealing anecdotes and insights into lyrics Every album in chronological order, delving into his state of mind whilst making them and who he had around him, videos, tours, including set lists, his acting career and then miscellaneous such as painting, internet etc Originally I thought I d be using it as a reference work but actually I ended up reading it from cover to cover Pegg is obviously a fan but he doesn t sink into the trap of sycophancy too often, and will call Bowie out on his creative lapses Tin Machine gets quite a mauling for example It s taken an age to read not only because it s a bloody thick book but also because, the Kindle edition at least, contains no illustrations or photographs so I was constantly on Google images to see a picture of the outfit, tour, album cover etc that Pegg was describing I was also sent scurrying off to YouTube on many occasions to look up snippets of film and videos referred to One for the Bowie fan rather than those with a casual interest but I really enjoyed it, despite a real melancholy that this is now a finite body of work, and would like to find the best Bowie biography that isn t a hatchet job to read about his life in astraight forward chronological fashion Having now taken quite an intensive journey this year through the life and works of David Bowie, here is perhaps and self avowedly the most comprehensive of all of these books Structured ostensibly like a Discography Filmography Recording Date Diary, it s actually written like a normal biography, using this play off between chattiness and completeness to set up Bowie as a multimedia monolith warts and all and to approach him along several faces, starting each time at the chronological beg Having now taken quite an intensive journey this year through the life and works of David Bowie, here is perhaps and self avowedly the most comprehensive of all of these books Structured ostensibly like a Discography Filmography Recording Date Diary, it s actually written like a normal biography, using this play off between chattiness and completeness to set up Bowie as a multimedia monolith warts and all and to approach him along several faces, starting each time at the chronological beginning and moving to a conclusion in this 2007 updated edition somewhere in the middle of his silence in the mid 2000s First we get him song by song alphabetically , then album by album chronologically , then we get his collaborations, his films, his side projects, the rumoured projects and finallyor less a day by day account of his lengthy and diverse career.There is not muchyou could really add to this, meaning for anyone reading their way through the veritable mountain of Bowie related books most of which receive a thoughtful critique in this book , really needs to read this book It may not be the ideal starting place, due to its sheer scope and heft, but it s never less than engagingly presented.In his discussions, Pegg quotes liberally from David Buckley s Strange Fascination and from the Gillmans Alias David Bowie which was indeed the first and interesting if flawed Bowie biography I ever read, back in the late 1980s , but maintains his own sharp conclusions, as well as having done some substantial research of his own.The alphabetical format for the songs serves to have you jumping all over the place, placing jigsaw pieces on the ground, which the albums section then collects into groupings and periods If you listen to these albums concurrently, as I tend to do when reading rock bios, you get an extraordinary journey, primed by the information offered in the song by song section and guaranteed to fine tune your own critical viewpoints.Some key moments are highlighted, such as the moment in 1983 when Tony Visconti, miffed about being sidelined without notice from the producer s chair on Let s Dance, agreed to prepare the sound for a festival concert but declined to follow the rest of the Serious Moonlight tour, a third estrangement that paved the way possibly, allegedly, conceivably for Bowie s 1984 93 creative wobble Here, perhapsthan in any of the books I have read, there is a real understanding and appreciation of what Bowie was reaching for post 1995, all of which is borne out better by the first CD of Nothing Has Changed than by most of the contemporary reviews and comments This is a book that gives Bowie his due, while exploring his processes and occasionally doubting his results, often when he was ostensibly playing it safest In the end, though, that Bowie strike rate was actually pretty damn good, with only 4 albums out of 30 in my estimation being failures, and 8 being true epoch marking classics, another 13 being extremely good, and the remaining 5 merely good or acceptable.What is lacking, for those who may be looking for it, is gossip There are plenty of titbits, of course, but a clear line has been drawn on this side of the prurient, something which may disappoint a certain kind of reader, although there are plenty of options for them in the crowded Bowie bio market And undoubtedly there will be new additions in the near future, including revised and updated versions of many of the better known bios, including this one .Free Pdf ♀ The Complete David Bowie ☦ The biggest edition yet expanded and updated with , words of new material Critically acclaimed in its previous editions, The Complete David Bowie is widely recognized as the foremost source of analysis and information on every facet of Bowie s career The A Z of songs and the day by day dateline are the most complete ever published From theyear old s skiffle performance at the th Bromley Scouts Summer Camp in , to the emergence of the legendary lost album Toy in , to his passing in January , The Complete David Bowie discusses and dissects every last development in rock s most fascinating career The Albums detailed production history and analysis of every album fromto the present day The Songs hundreds of individual entries reveal the facts and anecdotes behind not just the famous recordings, but also the most obscure of unreleased rarities from Absolute Beginners to Ziggy Stardust, from Abdulmajid to Zion The Tours set lists and histories of every live show The Actor a complete guide to Bowie s career on stage and screen Plus the videos, the BBC radio sessions, the paintings, the Internet and much A beast of a book and bar the unexpected return of The Thin White David Bowie in 2014, there s not a spangled underpant or expressive mime uncatalogued Essential. This is a great record on so many aspects of Bowie But it is supernatural how much he did in his short years, like some alien amoeba interrelating with earth life on a faster, higher, time level You may think you covered all of him as a biographer but then you turn your head and there are probably 15 other things you missed How could any one Bio cover even half of it Allow me few periods for a moment here to just convey the gargantuan task any work would have to do to cover him he had time This is a great record on so many aspects of Bowie But it is supernatural how much he did in his short years, like some alien amoeba interrelating with earth life on a faster, higher, time level You may think you covered all of him as a biographer but then you turn your head and there are probably 15 other things you missed How could any one Bio cover even half of it Allow me few periods for a moment here to just convey the gargantuan task any work would have to do to cover him he had time to be friends with all the greatest stars in his day from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Elizabeth Taylor to Jagger to 100 others and at his death nearly every interesting andesoteric musician Interpol, Elliott Smith, Ian Astbury, Lorde, Kirk Hammett etc etc came out and said he would just appear out of nowhere and talk with them about how important what they were doing was for the world He had a fairly effluvient, continual and very catholic inclusive sex life ongoing comparable to King Solomon, read endlessly and had a very massive library according to those close to him and him he once put his list on goodreads he knew the most odd facts about art and architecture that even professional artists who hung out with him hadn t a clue about till him, people from centuries ago this according to Iman too Made 27 albums most groups only make 7 or so , collaborated with several artists from Jimmy Page to Bing Crosby, had a few kids, had a deeply involved career as a professional actor in so many films off and on, brought his business onto the stock market and was totally involved in that all his life, had over 5 houses around the world, was a regular student of Rinpoche and higher Thibetan orders than even the Red Hats, groups that would make such look elementary he once said , practiced meditation all the time, took opera lessons, helped so many artists like Queen become known Also I have met people masters in esoteric symbolism tarot, kabbalah, golden dawn, crowley who have said Bowie really knew his stuff in this field and they were always learning something new from his references in lyrics He choreographed all his dances and stages and I ve met people steeped in the 50 s sinatra era who blew me away showing me how much he took from all that era as a student Practiced Pantomime and art and did stints with comedians like Gervais and Flight of Conchords so must have watched some tv He was obsessed with aliens and started a club looking for them, was a marketer and did much of his own marketing He was a complete poet in his own rite and I can say knew things very obscure about archaic history he somehow had time to find out about and threw in everywhere the meaning of Bewlay I discovered in the most obscure Arthurian text, there are 100 things like that I won t go on about Did the voice for Peter Rabbit on a children s album and a few other things like that Was really innovative in recording, engineering, finding the greatest musicians and arranging with them and so on, he wasn t just a singer and lyricist an excellent pianist And there are probably, like I said, 15 other things he did I have left out here Well in showing all you can t cover of him I think I covered most of it I don t know if any bio s out there ever will cover this much though, they just focus on a few things, it is so hard to capture it all But this bio and a few others did a good job.In any case, nowthink about anyone you know famous or family who have had time to do even a third of that Thought of any No It s just not humanly possible This guy, for me, is the greatest proof of Aliens or at least some kind of ubermen, coming buddha s of the sixth phase of beinghood beginning here on earth already living among us May the Most High bless him and all he did for man in our dayone can already be sure his inner divinity already had and was actuating itself here while on earth whole hog no stops pretty fully Told song by song, album by album, withno detail spared and no stone left unturned this is, as advertised, COMPLETE It is meticulously researched and presented as a textbook of sorts, which is only fitting for a life and career as historically significant as David Bowie s When an artist has put so much of themselves into their art, it s almost stupid obvious that their life can then, in turn, be told chronologically through their art What a concept Mr Pegg gives us that gift andIt h Told song by song, album by album, withno detail spared and no stone left unturned this is, as advertised, COMPLETE It is meticulously researched and presented as a textbook of sorts, which is only fitting for a life and career as historically significant as David Bowie s When an artist has put so much of themselves into their art, it s almost stupid obvious that their life can then, in turn, be told chronologically through their art What a concept Mr Pegg gives us that gift andIt has everything, which can, admittedly, make it a daunting experience for the casual fan or biography reader This is not for a faint of heart Nor is the collected works of William Shakespeare, however, and this contains about as much within its bindings.I am a die hard Bowie fan and, if you are, too, I can t recommend this highly enough