Upping Your Ziggy

Upping Your Ziggy : How David Bowie Faced His Childhood Demons - and How You Can Face Yours

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David Bowie was one of the most famous men of his generation, and remains one of the greatest rock stars of all time. But while his flamboyant career in the public eye has been well documented, much less is known about his family history. In this new book psychologist the author, bestselling author of They F*** You Up, Affluenza and Not in Your Genes, explores the mental illnesses that afflicted members of Bowie's family, and Bowie's fear that he too was destined for insanity. Three of his aunts became psychotic and his grandmother declared the family cursed. His half brother Terry also became psychotic, hallucinating a visitation from God, the famous 'crack in the sky and a hand pointing down to me' about which Bowie sang. These family crises left Bowie afflicted with a fear of madness. His music and stage personae during the 1970s were his way of eluding it. Born David Jones, he dubbed himself Bowie.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 140g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782204903
  • 9781782204909
  • 401,014

Table of contents

By the same author -- Introduction -- Lyrical - rather than actual - madness -- 'Bad seed' -- The unfavoured brother -- The favourite son -- From children's play to madness -- From Jones to Bowie to Ziggy -- From multiple normal personas to multiple personality disorder -- 'Tis a pity she was a whore: from the manipulator's sexploits to emotional health -- Upping Your Ziggy: persona therapy and the power of pretence
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Praise for Oliver James'James is charting new psychological frontiers'-Guardian'Our foremost chronicler of what ails us'- Will Self
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About Oliver James

Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist, broadcaster and television documentary producer and presenter. He practices as a psychotherapist and chartered psychologist. His books include the bestselling 'They F*** You Up', 'Affluenza' and 'Contented Dementia'.
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