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Bowie Style

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A richly illustrated 160-page chronicle of pop's greatest exponent of style. This visual examination of a celebrated multi-faceted career documents the impact of David Bowie on twentieth-century fashion and culture, brilliantly capturing his spatial odyssey from dedicated follower to supreme arbiter of rock chic. As the book says, 'Bowie's "style" has always amounted to mo ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 5th 2000 by Omnibus Press
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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
Feb 14, 2016 Rob rated it really liked it
This slim coffee table book stays within a limited-but-useful scope, setting out its stall as a rundown of Bowie's influence or use of fashion over years and his many changes of approach and style. Accompanying the many pictures is a reasonably perceptive thematic potted history up to the year 2000 which is occasionally marred by some NME-style sneering and punnery, complete with blanket dismissals of decades using fairly hackneyed examples. Indeed, this book in its 160 pages or so achieves what ...more
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Aug 13, 2014 Michael Emond rated it liked it
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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