Author(s): Chris Welch
Bowie the performer. Bowie the songwriter. Bowie the fashion icon. Chameleon-like, David Bowie has consistently reinvented his stage persona, while blurring the boundaries of art, performance, fashion and music. From art school to Major Tom, the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the iconic lightning bolt of Aladdin Sane to Bowie's film career and current renaissance, this book is a comprehensive collection of pictures. Showcasing hundreds of moments from Bowie's professional life, together with stunning famous and little known images from some of the world's best photographers - such as Terry O'Neill, Gijsbert Hanekroot and Mick Rock - the visuals are accompanied by commentary from award winning journalist and author Chris Welch.
Chris started out as a reporter on UK music weekly Melody Maker in the mid-1960s. He went on the road with Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie and more during the 1970s. Chris has since worked on a variety of music magazines and has written more than 20 books on rock music. He also contributes to UK newspapers. His self-confessed finest hour was 'Playing conga drums, live on stage in Germany with Led Zep during "Whole Lotta Love'". In 2012 Chris was awarded a Gold Badge of Merit Award for a special contribution to Britain's music industry by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors in London.
This book contains approximately 150 beautiful, rare colour photographs that capture the imagination. David Bowie was a photographer's muse. In this title you will recall how Bowie had unconventionally good looks, was model slim and showed a willingness to expand the boundaries of fashion over uncharted territories. Bowie's visual history contains clues unlocking the mindset of several generations of music fan. The great man never stepped far from the world of haute couture, and for every skintight all-in-one there was a bespoke Saville row suit lurking in his wardrobe. All the photographs are complemented by insightful text from one of the UK's best contemporary journalists.