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David Bowie: Living on the Brink

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How has pop icon David Bowie kept creating new music and fascinating his fans? What does he believe and where did he come from? Are the mercurial changes in his public image an accurate reflection of the inner man, or is he cleverly concealing his real self? Veteran rock journalist George Tremlett knew David Bowie well in his early days and grew close to many of his contem ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 24th 1997 by Carroll & Graf (first published November 7th 1996)
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Chris O'leary
May 10, 2013 Chris O'leary rated it liked it
Wildly mixed bag: Tremlett was among the first Brit journalists to pay attention to Bowie in the 60s, so he had access: his interactions w/Bowie at a far less guarded time resulted in some marvelous interviews and insights. He outsources most of the mid-70s to the Zanetta/Edwards bio and is fairly useless in the later years (this was a multiply-revised book, last revision around 1996).

Still, worth reading. Tremlett is a very winning, acerbic personality who acts as a much-needed skeptic towards
Rena Sherwood
Is there a decent David Bowie bio out there?


Probably not, since Bowie was no fool and rarely gave interviews. Although he relaxed during the last 15 - 20 years of his way-too-short life, Bowie was still masterful at twisting an interview to go his way. He preferred to let his work speak for him. He also did not cooperate with Tremlett for this book (published 1996) and OH it shows. The book concentrates on Bowie's career up to 1976. The years 1977 - 1996 are covered sketchily in two brief chapt
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"Many of the unauthorized biographies of musicians make the mistake in assuming that readers of them are out to get 'the dirt' on the subject. This one really doesn't and that is what makes it very special and definitely one to read."
Sep 16, 2007 Nathan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Eh. I don't care.
It's worth reading just to find out whether or not Bowie was really ever low enough to sleep with Mick Jagger.

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George Tremlett became a rock writer when the rock and pop music began in the mid 1950s. He left King Edward VI School in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1957 and spent four years on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, writing their daily tv column and reviewing all the visiting pop package shows.

In 1961 he moved to London and became a freelance writer, working part-time for the New Musical Expr
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