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We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie

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Utilizing song lyrics, interviews, biographical resources, and commentaries from a diverse range of writers and artists, "We Can Be Heroes" follows the strong thread of radical individualism running through David Bowie's work and life, exploring its parallels with the ideas of such diverse figures as Friedrich Nietzsche, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Ayn Rand, and Al ...more
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Published May 2nd 2016 by Liberty Island Media
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Ben Guterson
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for any Bowie fan, this compact work neatly melds biographical highlights and discography with observations on Bowie's cultural impact. Most compellingly, Lurie explores the literary and philosophic sources (from Nietzsche and Aleister Crowley to Kerouac and William S. Burroughs) of Bowie's ever-evolving perspective, as well as his confounding "Is this a persona or the authentic man?" maneuverings across decades. Throughout, Lurie contends that Bowie epitomized the individualis ...more
Elizabeth
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simple, but fun meditation on Bowie

It’s a quick read, but a worthy enjoyment for the Bowie fan. Good insights into song meanings and how to apply his philosophy to our lives
The American Conservative
"Although its basic outlines are familiar, Lurie tells the story of Bowie’s transformation clearly and engagingly. The question is whether Bowie’s performance art should really be characterized as a kind of philosophical argument. I am skeptical that this is a useful way of understanding Bowie’s significance. His “changes”, as he called them, have received lavish attention from critics and obituarists. As Rod Liddle has pointed out in The Spectator, however, these tributes ignore the fact that B ...more
Ryan Murdock
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging little book. I've read several different summaries, accounts, analyses, and bios of David Bowie and his work, and this new volume by Robert Lurie stands out. It's extremely well written, and is based on a depth of scholarship which extends far beyond music and pop culture.

I thoroughly enjoyed how the author explored Bowie's reading, the different influences on his thought at different periods, and how he explored it through his music. The emphasis on Bowie's i
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Rob Alex
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I knew David Bowie was an interesting person but I didn't know how interesting. This book gave some interesting details into his life from beginning to end. A great read and lots of great information shared.

Peace and love,
Rob @ http://authorstalkaboutit.com
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Robert Dean Lurie is a writer and musician based in Tempe, Arizona. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the author of "Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years," "We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie," and "No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church."