Hero: David Bowie is an exploration of the man behind the myths and the makeup told from the very beginning. Respected music journalist and biographer Lesley-Ann Jones knew David Jones from the days before fame, when he was a young musician starting out, frustrated by an industry that wouldn't give him a break and determined to succeed at whatever cost.
Here she traces the epic journey of the boy from Bromley born into a troubled background to his place as one of the greatest stars in rock history. Jones has interviewed numerous friends and associates of Bowie, many of whom have never spoken publicly about him before.
Drawing on this new material and meticulous research, the real story of Bowie's family background is told, the true inspiration behind the creation of Ziggy Stardust is revealed, and we learn how his marriage to Angie ended in agony following his comeback from a near fatal drug addiction. Jones also revisits Bowie's tragic relationship with his brother and his deep bond with T. Rex front man Marc Bolan.
Bowie's rebellious nature, his many sources of inspiration and creativity, and his complex, intense personality are discussed here, creating a unique and compelling portrait of an extraordinary man. This is Bowie as you've never seen him before.
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By John on 25-04-17
Seemed to be more about the author's. opinions and thoughts rather than any in depth insight into the life of David.
David was extra special, maybe my expectations. may have been set too high for the book.
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By Joe the lion on 04-05-18
Don't believe a word about this....
There is sufficient evidence out there to suggest that the author's relationship with Bowie is not true. Whilst some of the history of events in Bowie's life are interestingly written about herein, a large amount is speculation and hearsay.
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By Jessica Berson on 11-12-17
Gossipy and disappointing.
As a huge Bowie fan, there was not much I didn’t already know about the man, but after listening to this author’s Freddy Mercury bio, I was interested to hear her first hand perspective on Bowie. The book starts off well, with the author painting herself as a lucky fan girl who got to experience the rise of Ziggy, but then it starts to delve into lurid tabloid gossip, presenting every rumor about his supposed affairs as fact while leaving out the details of his recordings and inspirational process. Comments about his personal assistant get progressively more and more aggressive and she includes quotes detailing the size of Bowie’s genitalia and the authenticity of his marriage to Iman, but very little about his actual musical impact and creative projects. They say we all have our own Bowie, and the author seems to be bitter to have lost her idea of Bowie to the slick, serious, peaceful musician he became later in life. The narrator does a decent job of varying accents to portray those being interviewed, but a lot of misspoken song titles (saying TVC Fifteen instead of TVC One Five) betray a lack of knowledge about the subject matter by both the narrator and the director. In all, not a biography I would recommend for a seriously Bowie fan.
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By Amazon Customer on 27-09-16
Get This If You Are a Bowie Fan
This book is a very interesting read (or listen). As a Bowie fan for over 35 years I am always interested hearing new perspectives. Much of the information comes from people very close to Bowie; most of them interviewed after his death. The author also knew Bowie and interviewed him on many occasions. There are some fascinating stories in the book. One of the stories in the book was on the subject of his paralyzed pupil; I won't spoil it here, but it was a real surprise considering most Bowie fans thought they knew the story of how it occurred (be prepared for a shock). Another revelation revolves around John Lennon's murder and Bowie's location at the time; he was not involved in the murder but his involvement in the story was also a surprise to me.
I would like to see a Bowie biography as comprehensive as "Tune In" (about The Beatles) which is probably being worked on, however this is the best Bowie biography published since his death. Overall it is very well written.
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