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Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  368 ratings  ·  28 reviews
David Bowie is now into his fifth decade of making music. Thirty years on from his first hit single, 'Space Oddity'. he remains the most influential rock star from the post-Woodstock generation - yet unlike Hendrix, the Beatles or even Prince, his life has never been the subject of a major biography. Strange Fascination chronicles Bowie's career against the colourful backd ...more
Paperback, Revised and Updated, 641 pages
Published June 8th 2000 by Virgin Books (first published 1999)
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Essential for any Bowie fan.
Michael Emond
This is a well researched and thorough look at the career of David Bowie. Some of the pluses are how in depth it is and the fact the author takes time out for long direct quotes from the people he interviewed - that is in contrast to many bios that paraphrase what the people said or take a short quote out of context. I like the fact that he is also willing to go in detail about the songs and music - that is why we love Bowie so it is nice to get some insight into this aspect. A lot of music bios ...more
The joy of this is how well written it is. A fan, but not a rose-tinted view and focussed on the art not the gossip. Particularly appreciated the insights and perspectives of longtime collaborators,being given due recognition. And the self-aware tone challenging some of the sexism of rock history writing in assessing the less-sympathetically regarded women in his life.
Bianca Helbing
Über David Bowie gibt es viele Bücher. Die meisten werben mit Klappentexten à la „der Journalist, der dabei war“, „der Autor hat mit Ex-Liebhabern, Familienmitgliedern und anderen Insidern gesprochen…“, „dieses Buch enthüllt das wahre Gesicht der Musik-Ikone“ und so weiter. Ich habe das Buch von Buckley gekauft, weil er in der Einleitung etwas anderes verspricht: Eine Beleuchtung des Musikers Bowie, seiner Karriere, seiner Inspirationen und des Einflusses, den er auf unsere heutige Popkultur hat ...more
Paul Lyons
David Buckley covers all of David Bowie's complicated life and career...From the earliest singles in the 60' his peak period in the 1970' his dreadful albums in the mid 80s, and his creative comeback in the 1990's...Buckley does a great job chronicling Bowie's growth and well as his many changes over the years. We get to read all about the making of such classic albums as "Hunky Dory', "The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars", "Aladin Sane", "D ...more
David Buckley really knows his stuff and has interesting, and new - to me, a reasonably knowledgeable fan - observations to make about the myriad twists and turns of David's career.

As a teenage Bowie freak I finally lost interest during the 1980s when David seemed more interest in making money than art. Reading this book stimulated me to revisit his 1970s glory years, and to better understand how and why his career played out the way it did. I enjoyed reading the book with my iPod on, and liste
Strange Fascination David Bowie the definitive story
By David Buckley (revised and updated)

This was the second doorstopper of a biography
that I read on holiday and at 554 pages this one
is over long and nowhere near as definitive as
its author would like you to think. His claim
would only work if you have never read any other
Bowie books or aren't a real Bowie freak which
are two things he bangs on about a lot without
it would seem really being one, that said he
does a not bad job of finding abo
This book started off fine, but the second half really dragged. Overall, I think the writer suffered from a lack of source material since Bowie cultivates sort of an enigma around himself. He did have what appeared to be decent interviews with a couple key Bowie figures such as Carlos Alomar and Adrian Belew, but some passages also read like he was stitching together headlines with his own flaccid analysis. Overall, it felt less substantive than a lot of rock bios I've read.
David Bowie was my hero when I was 12 years old, and this was before I knew anything about Ziggy or the Thin White Duke - he was the Goblin King, and that was good enough for me. Now I've stumbled upon this book that is a concise account of his rise to stardom, and I find myself even more enthralled by his perseverance and creativity as an artist. Strange Fascination focuses on his career, with anecdotes from collaborators from every period and mask he's worn. The writing is obviously biased tow ...more
Damián Vives
Muy buena biografía que, afortunadamente, ha quedado desactualizada dado que su original en inglés fue publicado en 1999. No obstante esto, no se me ocurre un mejor trabajo sobre el camaleónico intérprete.
This biography must be read by any Bowie fan who would like to know more about him. There are a lot of details with great precision, you can feel the long researches behind that book. The writer knows what - or who - he is talking about. He steps away from the gossips to describe and analyze (only a bit, unfortunately) his music.
I really enjoyed reading this, as a massive Bowie fan. It allowed me to understand a little more his rich artistic mind and his music. You must read it if you've heard
Like a Bowie Bible.

This is one of the BEST books on David Bowie I've ever read, and I've read quite a few, *I am HUGE fan*
Fascinating subject - obviously - I highly recommend!
If you're looking for tabloid-type of dirty deets on this truly one-of-a-kind artist (like that new 'biography' I refuse to name), then this is not the book for you.
Aug 16, 2014 Tess marked it as to-read
Zien staan in D's lievelings recordstore, in de "hop in" shoppingcenter Pacific Place in de Chinese buurt.
This is thoroughly readable and in my head allows me to recall different songs through the legend's chronology. Even reading about the mid to late 80's is enthral lung without too much muso terminology. Looking forward to Earthling and onward...
Timo Vuorensola
Järkälemäinen opus Bowien maailmaan on hieman kalskisti kirjoitettu, eikä käännöskään vakuuta kaikilta osiltaan. Sisältö on kuitenkin taakia Bowie-kamaa faneille, ei-faneille tarjolla ei ole juurikaan hauskoja yksityiskohtia lukuunottamatta mitään tärkeää.

Kirjasta opin mm. että Bowien silmät eivät ole eriväriset. Hienoimpia musatriviayksityiskohtia ikinä!
This I think is the best David Bowie bio out there. For one thing, David Buckley interviewed all the Bowie Sidemen and the tales they tell is quite interesting. This is not a gossipy book about Bowie, but more about his culture and his music and how he made some of his recordings. It's never dry, but for sure it's tailor made for the Bowie fanatic - and I am one!
Linda Smolenski
This is a book for the Bowie music fans. It definetly goes deep into the creative process and music of David Bowie, however you won't come out knowing much more about the actual person. If you are interested in Bowie the musician this is good, but I came out dissapointed as I have absolutly found nothing revealing about Bowie the man
Way, way more than you ever wanted or needed to know about the Thin White Duke. But if you're a fan, you'll gobble this up and want more. Another fine bio by David Buckley, who knows how to balance fandom with critical analysis, not always as easy as it should be for music biographers.
Aug 05, 2007 Jeremy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true fans
It is a bit laborious and I don't know about you, but after the seventies I couldn't care less what he was doing. So, for me the first half was good (ziggy,etc.) the rest was blah.
Should you be researching David Bowie to write a reference guide for high school students, Strange Fascination is totally groovy.
Fiona Robson
The best Bowie biography to read if you want to focus on his music and stay away from the gossip. Very academic and thorough
John Mcpheat
I found this book very heavy going. There's a lot of interesting stuff in here, but I'm just not sure it was worth the effort.
everything you ever wanted to know about David Bowie, plus everyting you didn't even know you wanted to know about David Bowie.
Great insight. Great prose. The latter third tails off and simply takes up too much space.
I love Bowie, but couldn't put up with Buckley anymore.
Tony Farmer
Solid biog on Bowie. This is the one to get.
One of the better Bowie biographies out there.
Joshua Seprodi
The David Bowie biography.
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