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David Bowie

Bowie: A Biography written by Marc Spitz

Review by Gary Hill

This latest biography on David Bowie is definitely thorough and in-depth. I’ve not read other books on the man, so I can’t compare them, but I can say that this one goes quite deep. In fact, I’d have to say that at times the detail seems a little tedious. Part of that, though, is that Spitz’ writing style really doesn’t work for me. He seems overly verbose a lot of the time. Now, all that said, the man gets great reviews, so many people like his writing style. I am not fond of Stephen King’s style for the same reasons – and people are insanely into him. So, it’s all a matter of personal taste.

For my money the book really does shed a lot of light on one of the most iconic musicians around. Whether you are a fan or just someone who has casually listened to the former David Jones, this book will certainly enlighten you. For that reason, I recommend it.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2009  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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