Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016

Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016

by Chris O'Leary

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Overview

From the ultimate David Bowie expert comes an exploration of the final four decades of his musical career, covering every song he wrote, performed or produced.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912248308
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 710
Sales rank: 641,749
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Chris O'Leary is a writer, editor and journalist based in western Massachusetts. His interviewees range from Richard Fuld, former head of Lehman Brothers, to actor Kiefer Sutherland. He writes for Entertainment Weekly, as well as the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He's the author of Rebel Rebel: All the Songs of David Bowie 1964 - 1976.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 New People (The Idiot, Low) 18

Chapter 2 Berliners (Lust for Life, "Heroes") 64

Chapter 3 Somebody Else's Horizon (Lodger) 102

Chapter 4 A Society of One (Scary Monsters, Baal) 136

Chapter 5 The Strike Price (Let's Dance, Tonight, Labyrinth) 180

Chapter 6 The Man on the Spider (Blah-Blah-Blah, Never Let Me Down) 236

Chapter 7 The Battle of the Wilderness (Tin Machine, Tin Machine II) 274

Chapter 8 Family Albums (Black Tie White Noise, The Buddha of Suburbia) 332

Chapter 9 In the Realms of the Unreal (I. Outside) 368

Chapter 10 The Bottle Imp (Earthling) 408

Chapter 11 Tomorrow Isn't Promised ('hours…', Toy) 440

Chapter 12 Forward Into Remove (Heathen) 490

Chapter 13 Inauthentic Reality (Reality) 524

Chapter 14 Agent Jeffries Reports In (The Next Day) 568

Chapter 15 Noewhomoe (Blackstar) 612

Appendix: The Unheard Music 666

List of Songs 669

Partial Discography 679

Bibliography 690

Acknowledgements 704

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