Alias David Bowie: A Biography

Peter Gillman, Author Henry Holt & Company $0 (511p) ISBN 978-0-8050-0390-1
In this unauthorized biography based on extensive interviews with David Bowie's relatives and associates, an English journalist and his wife, a college teacher, explore the world of this enigmatic entertainer. Raised in a poor South London family with a history of mental illness, David Robert Jones was to become an emblem of his time whose fame rivaled that of Elvis Presley and the Beatles. He sang some of the most haunting pop songs of the 1970s and starred in some of the strangest plays and films of the period (The Elephant Man, The Hunger, The Man Who Fell to Earth). Androgynous, Jekyll and Hyde by turns, susceptible to cocaine and paranoia, casting off a series of managers and involved in complex lawsuits, Bowie eventually deserted Britain and America and moved to a house near the Berlin Wall. The Gillmans' formidable research enables them to smash many Bowie myths, but their sympathy for him and his disturbed family is evident, and they deal fairly with his wife, agents and lovers. Still, only obsessed Bowie fans will have the stamina to get all the way through this depressing 500-page odyssey. Photos. (April 29)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
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