'From the moment he appeared on Top of The Pops performing 'Starman' on that fateful Thursday evening in July, 1972 - skinny and skin-tight, pale and pretty, hair vivid orange and teased to the heavens, acoustic guitar slung over his back, arm draped around Mick Ronson in a gesture which took your teenage breath away - everything and everybody was Bowie.'
- from the Introduction by Robert Elms
David Bowie is often referred to as 'pop's great chameleon'. In fact he is more like a house-of-fun mirror, reflecting what's in front of him, twisting it, enlarging it, turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. He is quite simply the most influential, enigmatic and interesting recording artist in modern music.
Bowie's 27 studio albums have both reflected and informed contemporary culture. From psychedelia and music hall, through glam, rock, pop, blue-eyed soul and electronica, there are few genres he hasn't applied. Year-zero punks, androgynous new romantics, suited soul boys, eye-lined goths, art-school experimentalists and Generation X grungers - most have, at some point, cited Bowie as an influence.
Each of Bowie's albums is considered in detail in conjunction with commentaries and quotes from those who worked on the records, including musicians, engineers and Bowie himself.
Published in 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's breakthrough album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, and ahead of the 2013 anniversary of his first UK number-one album, Aladdin Sane, the book is written by noted author Paolo Hewitt, with world-leading Bowie expert Kevin Cann as consultant editor. Opening with an Introdcution by broadcaster and writer Robert Elms, it is the ultimate celebration of an incomparable catalogue of music. An essential addition to every Bowie fan's library.
Paolo Hewitt is a journalist and author of over 20 books. He 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, as well as several works of fiction.
Robert Elms is a writer, broadcaster and radio show host for BBC London. A former columnist 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 self-confessed obsession with fashion's relationship with music and youth culture. Famously, he isn't a fan of The Beatles, but he loves David Bowie.