Bowie on Bowie
“I realised that what I had to do was experiment. To discover new forms of writing. To evolve, in fact, a new musical language. That’s what I set out to do.” – David Bowie
This is an essential collection of interviews, spanning 50 years, from Rock’s most restlessly creative spirit. It is as close to an autobiography that David Bowie is likely to come.
There is no definitive book available on his career, and the diverse origins of the interviews and profiles contained within Bowie on Bowie offer the ultimate introduction to Rock’s most distinctive voice.
In 1973, Martin Amis wrote in the New Statesman, “Bowie himself is unlikely to last long as a cult”. The ‘cult’ of David Bowie has now lasted for several decades and while Amis’s piece is not included in Bowie on Bowie, there are over 30 interviews and profiles that document his changes.
Widely regarded as a revolutionary influence on writers in fashion, art and film, as well as music, he discusses the full extent of his interests in these revealing interviews, drawn from NME, Melody Maker, The Face, Q, Mojo and GQ. Together they form a riveting commentary on 50 years of personas and styles, tracing each step from Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane to The Thin White Duke and the elder statesman that he has become.
Alongside an interview with the iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen, some of rock’s greatest writers, including Robert Hilburn, Charles Shaar Murray, Allan Jones and Steven Wells reveal the extent of his interests over the decades with a rare articulacy and thoughtfulness.
Londoner Sean Egan has contributed to, among others, Classic Rock, Record Collector, Total Film, Uncut and RollingStone.com. He has written or edited two dozen books, including works on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Manchester United Football Club, Coronation Street, and William Goldman.
“Sean Egan has compiled Bowie’s most revealing interviews into a riveting commentary on 50 years of personas and styles, tracing each step from Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane to The Thin White Duke.”
‘David Bowie World’
“This essential collection of 50 years of interviews from Rock’s most restlessly creative spirit is as close to an autobiography that Bowie has come. Here is the ultimate introduction to Rock’s most distinctive voice.”
“Not only do we get Bowie on Bowie, but Charles Shaar Murray, Steve Sutherland, Steven Wells, David Quantick and Paul Du Noyer – some of the finest music journalists of the era – on Bowie too.”