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Дэвид Джонс навсегда останется в истории поп-культуры как самый переменчивый ее герой. Дэвид Боуи, Зигги Стардаст, Аладдин Сэйн, Изможденный Белый Герцог — лишь несколько из его имен и обличий. Но кем он был на самом деле? Какая логика стоит за чередой образов и альбомов? Какие подсказки к его судьбе скрывают улицы родного Бромли, английский кинематограф и тексты Михаила Б ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2020 by Individuum (first published October 15th 2019)
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Meg Orton
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers in South Africa for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What was the first Bowie song you ever heard? What was the first music video of his that you remember seeing? Where were you when he passed on, and who was the person to tell you? Why does David Bowie matter?

As I started reading Brooker's ode to the man we all knew as David Bowie there were several occasions where I felt an imposter. How could I possibly answer
Ryan Edwards
Sep 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Brooker is quite the fan of Bowie. How much of a fan? Well, so much so that we learn more about him living out his fantasy of being Bowie than we do about what the book purports to deliver: an answer to the titular question.

More attention is paid to parsing the significance (i.e. verifying) three brief comments made by Bowie about his sexuality than any line of his lyrics, or any bar of his music. But given that the rest of the book contributes so little to our understanding of Bowie, it's unsu
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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To paraphrase: "Bowie's music is about memories... and our memories are Bowie songs" mused a 17 year old. With food for thought, thus, a great book ended. Why Bowie Matters by Will Brooker was more complex than I expected- trawling back through Bowie's history, our modern history and the meanings we find in his songs and albums, both collective experiences in as much as they are individual experiences. We approach Bowie's music as two different personas: the fan and the critic. Through acknowled ...more
Kate Henderson
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**listened via audible**

Didn’t really know what to expect with this book.
As a huge Bowie fan I was excited to learn more about one of my idols. I did indeed learn now things about him, and these new bits of info were the best parts of the book.
Slightly confused by the author spending the year living out his version of Bowie... feel like it got lost a bit, and didn’t find it particularly relevant or interesting.

Enjoyable for any Bowie fan!
Tammy Pullum
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Bowie fan, I could not help but give five stars to this book. Essentially, the author is a super mega fan of David Bowie who spent a year dressing as Bowie, living as Bowie, and just being Bowie (I just want to travel to the spots that were important and formative to Bowie himself), and this is Brooker’s “Ode to David Bowie,” which helps us realize why David Bowie matters. And he does. And for me Bowie always will matter.
Sarah Jackson
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Why Bowie Matters" by Will Brooker is a fascinating and engaging read, that explores David Bowies's journey from a birth to death. The author traces his life, highlighting David Bowie's many struggles, failures and disappointments on his journey to fame. He pays particular attention to his constant need to reinvent himself and develop his art. One for the fans, but a very interesting biography none the less. Well worth a read. ...more
Ian Fryer
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and very readable analysis of the music, lyrics, stylistic changes and cultural borrowings/adaptations of one of the very few artists in popular music whose work benefits from such an approach.

The book itself is a sturdy little hardback, which is good as I'm sure I'll be returning to it.
Davina Gifford
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. There were a few places where the academic critical theory went a bit beyond my understanding, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment.

I did really struggle with the chapter focused on Blackstar and his passing as its still a bit raw (yes even 4 years later). But I soldiered through the tears and I'm glad I did.
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Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dr. Will Brooker is a writer and academic, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University, England, and an author of several books of cultural studies dealing with elements of modern pop culture and fandom, specifically Batman, Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland

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