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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Here is a style guide to the artistic influences and expressions of the multi-faceted pop icon: Mod, space-creature, soul-boy and fashion plate. A compelling celebration of one of rock music's most colourful and eclectic careers.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 28th 2000 by Omnibus Press (first published 2000)
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A glossy album-style book with lots (I mean lots!) of Bowie photos from his childhood through to the late 1990s. Paytress is a very good writer and I enjoyed his text - the lyric-laced photo captions were fun. An excellent potted history of Bowie's cultural significance for the period covered.

My only gripe is the format of the book, which is arranged as a chronological examination of Bowie's changing styles, interspersed with "features" about significant subjects, such as collaborations with oth
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I am getting into Bowie a bit late in life so I wanted a good bio on him. I know this isn't meant to be a good bio but it was available at my library and a quick read so I thought I would check it out. It is more 2.5 stars than 3. What I liked - the pictures, the theme of the book looking at Bowie's style and his influence, and it is a nice quick look at his career. Why I can't praise it too much is because it really is a superficial look at Bowie's life, so I think it would be better as a compa ...more
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Mark Paytress is a journalist, author and broadcaster. A regular contributor to MOJO magazine, his work has also appeared in numerous publications including The Guardian, Radio Times, Q, Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, Maxim, La Repubblica and Record Collector.

His books include Bolan: The Rise & Fall Of A 20th Century Superstar (Omnibus Press), Break It Up: Patti Smith’s Horses And The Remaking Of R
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