Strange Fascination

Strange Fascination : David Bowie: The Definitive Story

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The Sunday Times bestseller.

David Bowie was arguably the most influential artist of his time, reinventing himself again and again, transforming music, style and art for over five decades.

David Buckley's unique approach to unravelling the Bowie enigma, via interviews with many of the singer's closest associates, biography and academic analysis, makes this unrivalled biography a classic for Bowie fans old and new. With exclusive photographic material, this revised edition of Strange Fascination captures exclusive details about the tours, the making of the albums, the arguments, the split-ups, the music and, most importantly, the man himself. From his self-titled first record, through to the critically-acclaimed Blackstar released just two days before his death, Strange Fascination is the most complete account of David Bowie and his impact on pop culture ever written.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 126 x 198mm
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753545152
  • 9780753545157
  • 611,866

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"One of the most authoritative Bowie books you're ever likely to read." * Mojo * "As a critique-cum-re-establishment of the David Bowie character, "definitive" is pretty much it." * Guardian * "A fascinating portrait of a fascinating artist ... if you like Bowie and you're into biographies, this is the one to read" -- Marc Almond "Buckley manages the ultimate achievement of any rock biog and sends you scuttling back to the records." * Guardian * "A definitive re-establishment of the man and the myth of David Bowie." * Future Music *
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About David Buckley

Born in Liverpool in 1965, David Buckley has written eight books, including two on David Bowie: The Complete Guide To The Music Of David Bowie (Omnibus Press, 1996) and Strange Fascination - David Bowie: the Definitive Story (Virgin Books). Strange Fascination has sold in excess of 50,000 copies worldwide. The Guardian called David `the best of [Bowie's] umpteen biographers.' Other works are the official biography of the Stranglers, No Mercy (Hodder and Stoughton), a biography of R.E.M., Fiction - an Alternative Biography (Virgin Books), The Thrill of It All - the Story of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music (Andre Deutsch), Elton: the Biography (Andre Deutsch) and Kraftwerk: Publikation (Omnibus Press,).

David is a regular contributor to Mojo magazine, and has written press notes and booklets for EMI for Bowie's back catalogue reissues. He has appeared on British TV and radio on a number of popular music programmes, including Channel 4's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2013, he gave the closing lecture at the Victoria & Albert's record-breaking exhibition, Bowie Is.

He also worked for many years as a part-time university lecturer and tutor and has written for various academic publications, including Larousse, The Year's Work in Critical And Cultural Theory (Blackwell), The New Grove Dictionary Of Music and Musicians, and The Encyclopaedia Of The Popular Music Of The World (Continuum). He was the UK's first-ever full-time postgraduate student in Popular Music. He lives in Munich. For more information go to
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"A fascinating portrait of a fascinating artist ... if you like Bowie and you're into biographies, this is the one to read"
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