Hero : David Bowie

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'Through interviews with friends and colleagues, as well as detailed research, the writer has gained unprecedented knowledge of the true story behind the legend. This is a fascinating insight into one of the greatest artists of our lifetime.' Evening Standard

'Through several interviews with Bowie she evocatively portrays his fascinating life, often with a tenderness you wouldn't expect.' Daily Express

'An intriguing book. This is a personal friendship in writing. The knowledge divulged here is an endearing and powerful tale of a man who conquered the entire entertainment industry with his creative force.' Variety

A unique portrait of the globally revered artist and the extraordinary, complex man behind the legend.

His music thrilled the generation it was written for, and has entertained and inspired every generation since.

HERO: DAVID BOWIE is an intelligent 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. 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 frontman 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 43mm | 822g
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 x 8pp colour
  • 1444758810
  • 9781444758818
  • 553,670

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The world knew David Bowie as the most innovative musician of his generation. Lesley-Ann Jones knew him as a boy from Bromley, desperate to make it, frustrated by an industry that wouldn't give him a break, and hell-bent on achieving fame and fortune at any cost.
Through interviews with an impressive number of friends and associates who have not appeared in earlier Bowie books, she unravels as never before the troubled background that ignited his extraordinary creativity; the intense and twice life-threatening rivalry with best boyhood chum George Underwood, which paradoxically never affected their lifelong friendship; she tells for the first time the reason behind David's mismatched eye condition, which led to the most distinctive look in rock. And she revisits and overturns a number of myths which have long persisted, allowing truth to enhance an already incredible tale.
Telling all this against a background of the evolution of pop and rock over fifty years, interwoven with her own life as both a Bowie aficionado and as a journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones has created a unique portrait of both the globally revered artist and the private individual. It stands alone as an affectionate tribute to perhaps the greatest rock superstar who ever lived.
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About Lesley-Ann Jones

Lesley-Ann Jones is a journalist, newspaper columnist and broadcaster. The author of eight published books, she has enjoyed more than twenty-five years in music and the media. She lives in South-East London with her young children, the eldest having grown up and gone into the music business.
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