Hallo Spaceboy: The Re...
Hallo Spaceboy: The Rebirth of David Bowie
Riding on the heels of the author's previous David Bowie biography, this follow-up covers the post-1987 comeback that firmly established Bowie as one of the most influential rock stars to grace the musical landscape. Beginning with the 1995 release of the
ebook, 300 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by ECW Press
(first published 2006)
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Without question the best (if only) Bowie bio that concerns itself with his "afterlife," post-Never Let Me Down. That said, the book is murder for a researcher: it lacks an index (yet has room for a 15+-page sessionography) and is v. shaky as to sourcing. Bowie quotes are scattered throughout the text often without attribution, with no indication as to whether they're from a contemporary interview or a retrospective one. Still, for a casual reader, it's fine.
Absolutely superb in its exploration of Bowie's recent history. What I especially liked was Thompson's refusal to delve into dunked and innuendo, instead sticking exclusively to published interviews. Plus, the tangential bands mentioned throughout are amazing, and have filled out more than one new playlist on my computer.
English author Dave Thompson has spent his entire working life writing biographies of other people, but is notoriously reluctant to write one for himself. Unlike the subjects of some of his best known books, he was neither raised by ferrets nor stolen from gypsies. He has never appeared on reality TV (although he did reach the semi finals of a UK pop quiz when he was sixteen), plays no musical ins...moreMore about Dave Thompson...