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Album by Album
by Paolo Hewitt with an introduction by Robert Elms
David Bowie is often referred to as ‘pop’s great chameleon’. In fact he was more like a house-of-fun mirror, who always reflected what was in front of him, twisting it, enlarging it, turning the ordinary into something altogether extraordinary. He was quite simply the most influential, enigmatic and exciting recording artist in modern music.
Written by music industry authority Paolo Hewitt, with world-leading Bowie expert Kevin Cann as consultant editor, each of Bowie’s 29 albums is considered in detail in conjunction with commentaries and quotes from those who worked on the records, including musicians and engineers, as well as using many of Bowie’s own perceptive quotes.
Opening with an introduction by broadcaster and writer Robert Elms, and updated to include reflections on Bowie’s stage show Lazarus and his astonishingly pertinent last album Blackstar following its release in January 2016. It is an essential companion to an incomparable catalogue of music and a fitting celebration of a cultural icon of our times.
Author Paolo Hewitt has written for Melody Maker and NME, as well as Vogue Germany, Fare Musica in Italy and The Sunday Times. Among other books, he is the author of The Jam: A Beat Concerto, The Small Faces: The Young Mod’s Forgotten Story, Getting High, The Adventure of Oasis, and Alan McGee and the Story of Creation Records.
Robert Elms is a writer and broadcaster. A former writer for NME and The Face, he was an early champion of the New Romantics. His last book, The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads (2006), documented his obsession with fashion’s relationship with music and youth culture.