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From the ultimate David Bowie expert comes this exploration of the final four decades of the popstar’s musical career, covering every song he wrote, performed or produced from 1976 to 2016.
Starting with Low, the first of Bowie’s Berlin albums, and finishing with Blackstar, his final masterpiece 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.
Chris O’Leary is a writer and editor based in western Massachusetts. He has written for Pitchfork, Slate, NY Times, Mojo, Billboard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of David Bowie: Rebel Rebel (Zero, 2015) and Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 (Repeater, 2018). Both Rebel Rebel and Ashes to Ashes are based on the blog that he created in 2009, “Pushing Ahead of the Dame” (http://bowiesongs.wordpress.com)
“Even ardent aficionados will enjoy O’Leary’s fresh perspectives, especially on customarily dismissed parts of Bowie’s capacious oeuvre.”
“The best David Bowie writing bar none.”
“O’Leary is interested in anything the magpie genius squeezed into his songs… and he can nail a song’s mysterious power in a line.”
“Catnip for Bowie fans… all you need and want to know about the last three decades of Bowie’s output is here.”