His music thrilled the generation it was written for and has entertained and inspired every generation since.
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.
©2016 Lesley-Ann Jones (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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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