David Bowie: Fame, Sound and Vision
July 2006, Polity
This culturally sensitive re-reading of the life, image and music of David Bowie offers a detailed understanding of his importance to modern times. The story of David Bowie involves questions of comodification, youth culture, history, individualisation, racism and gender and sexual politics. Yet this is also a tale of ambiguity and pleasurable confusion. Among the many talents of David Bowie has been his ability to capture through popular culture key contradictions of the modern era. Through the interpretation of images, music, text and interviews with many Bowie fans this book seeks to unravel some of the mystery that continues to surround the bohemian prince of pop.
Nick Stevenson has written a sympathetic and critical study of one of the enduring stars of popular music. David Bowie is a subtle and accessible exploration of the complex cultures of celebrity.
This text will appeal to those teaching and studying cultural and media studies, visual culture, sociology and popular culture, as well as to general readers interested in David Bowie.
Introduction: David Boie in the Age of Celebrity.
1. Bowie in the Sixties: The Making of a Star.
2. Postmodern Bowie.
3. Commodifying Bpowie.
4. Bohemian Bowie.
5. Bowie Fans.
Conclusion: David Bowie Today.
David Bowie Discography.
- A sympathetic and critical study of one of the enduring stars of popular music: a global superstar.
- This culturally sensitive re-reading of the life, image and music of David Bowie offers a detailed understanding of his importance to modern times.
- Will be key reading for students of popular music and culture, celebrity and fandom.
- Will also appeal to non academic readers interested in popular music and culture and especially Bowie fans.
"Nick Stevenson paints a fascinating portrait of David Bowie. We see Bowie change with his times, we see him refracted through social, and we see him reflected in the fantasies of his fans. This is a thought-provoking study of one of pop's most intriguing icons."
John Street, University of East Anglia
"At last, an intelligent book about David Bowie which elucidates his exotic appeal and pays tribute to his long standing capacity to be one step ahead of the pack in “reading” popular culture. This is a notable contribution to the growing literature on celebrity culture."
Chris Rojek, Nottingham Trent University