People who know little about "popular" conspiracy theory. It might serve well as introductory entertainment, but is unfortunately a bit too patronizing and annoyingly "populist" in tone. Admittedly, when I purchased this title I didn't realize that the author is a TV personality. That's exactly how he comes across, here. The chapters on the cornerstone of the White House and Lincoln's assassin are actually quite good; the chapter on JFK frustratingly rife with errors.
Less egotistical-sounding "what if I told you..." nonsense. More consideration of why people want to believe alternative accounts of history.
Yes, the narrator did a fine job but the author's tone is populist in a "for the masses" way that IMO is to the detriment of the narration.
It was entertaining enough that I didn't feel like it was a total waste of time. I listened to it while doing housework, so in fairness it was a decent mental distraction.
Recommended alternative: "United States of Paranoia" by Jesse Walker.
This book covers not only the making of "Low" but also contains a considerable amount of information on Iggy Pop's "The Idiot," as well as the Bowie albums that preceded and followed "Low," being "Station to Station" and "Heroes." The real value of the book is not so much analysis of the music of "Low" (actually I thought Wilcken was surprisingly bland and uninsightful when pedantically describing individual tracks on the album) but in the real-life stories about Bowie's days of excess in L.A. and the difficult period of transition during the making of his "Berlin Trilogy." Naturally, the book will also be of interest to followers of Brian Eno's serpentine career. A thoroughly enjoyable listen ... I don't believe any one "perfect" book about this important recording could be written, but Wilcken's is enjoyable, informative, and intelligent.
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