Sunday, November 12, 2017

David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones

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Ever since I was a little girl I was fascinated with David Bowie, and I was beyond distraught when he passed away. From the movie Labyrinth, to Ziggy Stardust, I was enthralled with this man who could morph and mold himself into almost anything, and be insanely attractive while doing so. David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones, is the story of Bowie and how he came to be this magical man.

I love biographies, but they are often a lot to slog through, this being no exception to that rule. A thick and detailed biography, this gathered bits and pieces of information in the form of hundreds of quotes from those who worked with Bowie. These included puppeteers from Labyrinth, fashion designers, fellow recording artists, directors, journalists, and more. And of course, there were some choice stories and quotes from Bowie himself. Unlike many biographies that seem so much like reference books, this was written in a way that felt more like a story, even though it was broken up into so many quotes.

While I already knew a lot about Bowie, I learned even more through this biography. Bowie was a much more reserved man that I realized, often getting embarrassed about things and occasionally drawing into himself. But above all that, he was kind, creative, intelligent, and thoughtful. He went on daily walks through Chinatown and spent hours in art museums. More than anything, I was shocked to learn that he was not a fan of his Jareth costume, which has become so iconic over the years (for more reasons than one, if you know what I mean!). I loved getting into the artist's head to see what made him tick and learn more about his rationale behind his crazy stage persona.

The best, albeit saddest, part of this book was the last chapter, with interviews from loved ones after Bowie's passing. Here you see the true impact of this man on the lives of others, and how much they were shaken by the loss of this icon and friend. Overall this was a fantastic, although long, read. I highly recommend it for anyone fascinated with David Bowie and the wonderful aura that surrounded him.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review, but all opinions are honest and are my own.

9 comments:

DJ Sakata said...

it is good to be reminded that celebrities are seldom as they seem

An Introverted Blogger said...

I like biographies that read like stories. Make for an interesting read!

Terri said...

I'm reading this one right now. Your review is pretty much exactly what I'm thinking as I finish it. I'm enjoying it a lot.

Megan | Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest said...

I haven't read many biographies but I think his is one that I would enjoy. Really good review :)

Cafinated-Reads Molly said...

I don't read many biographies as I'm a fiction fan, but may have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing.

Shana said...

Always thought David Bowie was interesting person. Thanks for the review!

Heidi said...

David Bowie always was a mysterious man but also seemed kind and intelligent. Great review! :)

Abominable BookGirl said...

I am sorry you lost an awesome artist. I liked David Bowie, but wasn't fan enough to rrad the biography...though it sounds good.

Whispering Stories said...

I loved some of David Bowie's songs, but was never a real fan. He died just before my dad last year from the same cancer. Just goes to show you that money can't buy everything.

From what I've read about him he was a wonderful man.