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David Bowie has never gone out of style, and this phenomenal book is every bit as stylish as its subject. Art directed by acclaimed graphic designer Pierce Marchbank and with text by former NME journalist and cultural commentator Barry Miles, David Bowie Black Book contains photographs from every era of Bowie's genre-defining career and was for many years the world's best- David Bowie has never gone out of style, and this phenomenal book is every bit as stylish as its subject. Art directed by acclaimed graphic designer Pierce Marchbank and with text by former NME journalist and cultural commentator Barry Miles, David Bowie Black Book contains photographs from every era of Bowie's genre-defining career and was for many years the world's best-selling Bowie book.


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David Bowie has never gone out of style, and this phenomenal book is every bit as stylish as its subject. Art directed by acclaimed graphic designer Pierce Marchbank and with text by former NME journalist and cultural commentator Barry Miles, David Bowie Black Book contains photographs from every era of Bowie's genre-defining career and was for many years the world's best- David Bowie has never gone out of style, and this phenomenal book is every bit as stylish as its subject. Art directed by acclaimed graphic designer Pierce Marchbank and with text by former NME journalist and cultural commentator Barry Miles, David Bowie Black Book contains photographs from every era of Bowie's genre-defining career and was for many years the world's best-selling Bowie book.

30 review for David Bowie Black Book: The Illustrated Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emilie Marshall

    Bowie forever baby. Ziggy's stardust blew right into my soul and crept like the spiders from mars through the traffic of my veins, turned blue in my oxygenating heart, and recirculated into my blood system. The entire ecology of the river system in my body became enriched and purified as New Life proliferated. The Bowie I knew (or didn't know) transformed like the quotidian portrait of a late relative in your grandparent's hallway into the living spirit of a venerable ancestor living inside and Bowie forever baby. Ziggy's stardust blew right into my soul and crept like the spiders from mars through the traffic of my veins, turned blue in my oxygenating heart, and recirculated into my blood system. The entire ecology of the river system in my body became enriched and purified as New Life proliferated. The Bowie I knew (or didn't know) transformed like the quotidian portrait of a late relative in your grandparent's hallway into the living spirit of a venerable ancestor living inside and within you like two layers of turtlenecks sweaters. Even though I had always known of Bowie, had heard Bowie--for the first time in my life I was Hearing Bowie and Knowing Bowie. A new hobby of musical exploration became my passion. I'd find books about musicians and artists to accompany me in my musical research; reading about their timelines, their experiences, and the inspirations behind their music. Spotify made it possible to listen to any song mentioned while reading about it to get an even closer understanding of what the book was discussing. Reading about Bowie's breakup with his first serious girlfriend Hermione--about how the young David Jones was heartbroken and crestfallen--all while listening to "Letter to Hermione" on his 1969 "David Bowie" album... boy, what a treat. It brings a new layer of fabric to the musical quilt. You become a secret member into the club. You're no longer "just listening" to the song, you've been admitted into a secret passageway behind a bookshelf and now you're sitting in the hot tub version of the song in a secret garden and a serene sunset. I can't imagine what it must be like for true musicians when they listen to music; the seemingly infinite layers of it all... goddamn Joanne's Fabrics status. The David Bowie Black book was a gorgeous display of images, stories, descriptions, histories, you name it. What an absolute pleasure it was to curl up on chilly New Zealand mornings and peruse through the pages while sipping coffee and licking my ears with sounds I'd never heard Bowie utter before. It was like the feeling you have when you get on a train, find your seat, put snacks within reach, maybe take off your coat--just getting comfortable before the train embarks on a long beautiful adventure to a new place you've never been before. The excited bustle and hum of the other passengers moving about the cars, you simmering on your giddy stovetop as Mystery coquettishly bats her eyelashes at so many undefined expectations. A world, a universe of possibilities lays ahead; ready and waiting patiently for your arrival. And you, looking out the window, knowing very shortly you will know more than just what this train station looks like, ready to begin the journey of discovery. That metaphor just went lots of convuluted places. This book is what started me on my exploration and appreciation of David Bowie's life and music. Jesus, was that so hard?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A decently comprehensive biography with lots of photos, but it only goes up until 1987.

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    Cazangelcat

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