• The Age of Bowie

  • By: Paul Morley
  • Narrated by: Paul Morley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-01-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (29 ratings)

Summary

"A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including...talent." (David Bowie at 17 in May 1964, writing his own press biography)
Respected arts commentator Paul Morley, one of the team who curated the highly successful retrospective exhibition for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, David Bowie Is..., constructs the definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, invented the future, and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten. Morley captures the greatest moments of Bowie's career, from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti to iconic live performances from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with rock luminaries John Lennon, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop. And of course discuss in detail his much-heralded and critically acclaimed comeback with the release of Black Star just days before his shocking death in New York.
Morley will offer a startling biographical critique of David Bowie's legacy, showing how he never stayed still even when he withdrew from the spotlight, how he always knew his own worth, and how he released a dazzling plethora of mobile Bowies into the world with a bloody-minded determination and a voluptuous imagination to create something amazing that was not there before.
©2017 Paul Morley (P)2017 Simon & Schuster
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3 out of 5 stars
By Rene on 10-11-17

You already need to know - not a biography

The book was difficult to follow and the language used was somewhat obscure.
(One funny detail was how the author pronounces "br". )

Author assumes you know all about Bowie already, so this is not a biography. Also, this was more like a self opinion, not studied and researched fact telling.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Hoggarth on 22-08-17

Exactly what a Bowie biography should be.

Messy, all over the place, highly subjective, pretentious, very personal and partly made up. This is exactly what a Bowie biography ought to be. Morley's voice is dryly irritating as he voices his own, personal response to Bowie. Because it is his personal response it always the reader to consider their own relationship with Bowie. Brilliant.

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