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BOWIE'S BOOKSHELF The Hundred Books That Changed David Bowie's Life

by | Read by Simon Vance

Biography & Memoir • 6.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2019

Narrator Simon Vance uses a professorial tone as he introduces the wide-ranging stable of authors, from Albert Camus to Howard Zinn, who affected musician David Bowie's evolution. Divided into 100 3-4-minute segments, this audiobook lecture illuminates Bowie's creative process. For example, THE ILIAD is compared to Bowie's work with Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, 1984 is viewed in relation to Bowie's "Diamond Dogs," and THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE is linked to Peter Frampton's father. (You'll need to listen to learn the connections.) Adding to the enjoyment are "pairing" suggestions, which Vance delivers like a sommelier--for example, "Read Anthony Burgess's CLOCKWORK ORANGE while listening to Bowie's 'Scary Monsters.'" The result is a literary mosaic that will satisfy Bowie devotees and possibly create new fans. R.W.S © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2020]

Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2020

DD ISBN 9781494548148 $24.99


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2020

DD ISBN 9781541442795 $49.95

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