David Bowie Is (Hardcover)

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Victoria Broackes is a curator of theatre & performance at the V&A. Geoffrey Marsh is director of the V&A theatre collections. Sir Christopher Frayling is a critic and writer and former rector of the Royal College of Art, London. Howard Goodall is an Emmy, BRIT, and BAFTA award–winning composer and broadcaster. Camille Paglia is University Professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her books include Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson. Jon Savage is a writer and broadcaster. His books include Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture and England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond.
David Bowie Is is the first book that grants access to the internationally acclaimed artist and performer’s personal archive of costumes, ephemera, original design artwork, and more, bringing it together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations. It traces Bowie’s career from its beginnings in London, through the breakthroughs of Space Oddity and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and on to his enormous impact on 20th-century avant-garde music and art. Essays by V&A curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh on Bowie’s London, image, and influence on the fashion world are complemented by Christopher Frayling, Mark Kermode, and Philip Hoare on film; Howard Goodall on musicology; Camille Paglia on gender and decadence; and Jon Savage on Bowie’s relationship with William Burroughs and Bowie’s fans. The more than 300 color illustrations include personal and performance photographs, album covers, performance costumes, original lyric sheets, and much more.

Praise for David Bowie Is:

?Perusing David Bowie Is (V&A Publishing, distributed by Abrams), the exhibition’s catalog, with its procession of poses and costumes and weighty essays tracking the cross-references to pop culture and high art, you get a sense of how much hard work it took to be Mr. Bowie.” ?The New York Times

?The fans of 50 years or those making discoveries in retrospect will be intrigued by the accompanying book David Bowie Is that is far more than a fanzine.”?The New York Times

?Lends context and picks away at Bowie with such insight that it’s a rare hagiography with soul.” ?Chicago Tribune

?Combining top-notch articles on the singer/actor’s life and work with official images and reproductions of his fashion and associated ephemera, the hefty, mango-colored book is nothing short of a treasure trove of all things Bowie; a one-stop smorgasbord for the eyes whose pictorials chronicle the groundbreaking star from Ziggy Stardust to Thin White Duke to Heathen and every personality in between.” ?Examiner.com


ISBN 9781851777372
Genre MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock
Format Hardcover
Pages 256
Publisher Date 2013-04-16 00:00:00.0
Publisher Victoria & Albert Pubns
Height 12.5 in
Wdth 10.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 4.85 lb
Language English
Edition Detail Special
Audience General/trade
Country of Origin United States

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    great book....super paper quality, design & content perfect. had to wait a little while for it to arrive since the american release date got changed but it was well worth it since I can't get to the UK to see the show!

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      Because David Bowie is awesome! And it was cheaper here than on stupid Amazon. And I like orange.

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      The exhibit in Chicago was AMAZING. With his passing, I want to keep a vivid memory with this book of this phenomenal experience for years and years to come.

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      Because David Bowie is a landmark for the part of modern culture that broke through the chains of old thought- religion, discrimination, control... Because I am one of the mourners that wonder if we'll ever experience another creative genius with anything close to Bowie's freedom. it's a very sad week.

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      I didn't buy one at the David Bowie is... exhibit in Chicago and I still wanted it.

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