Chris O’Leary’s Ashes to Ashes covers every single Bowie song, whether it was sung, written, or produced by him, from 1976, when he first recorded with Iggy Pop on “The Idiot,” to his last masterpiece “Blackstar,” released just days before his death in 2016. Each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song’s creation, production, influences and impact. It hits everything from “Heroes” to the Labyrinth soundtrack, from his 1985 camp duet with Mick Jagger on “Dancing In the Street” to “Where Are We Now,” his comeback single in 2013.
Chris O’Leary is a writer based in Massachusetts. He has written for Pitchfork, Slate, New York, Mojo, and Billboard. He is the author Rebel Rebel: All the Songs of David Bowie From ’64 to ’76 (2015) and creator of the acclaimed Bowie blog ‘Pushing Ahead of the Dame’, listed as one of TIME magazine’s “Best Blogs of 2011”.
Billy Hough is a downtown cabaret star (Scream Along with Billy), erstwhile film actor (Rampart, Time Out of Mind), and ex-punk rocker (the GarageDogs). He works at McNally Jackson where he curates the How Not To … conversation series.