Apr 05, 2020
The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s
Posted by Peter Doggett

No artist offered a incisive and accurate portrait of the troubled landscape of the 1970s than David Bowie Through his multi faceted and inventive work, he encapsulated many of the social, political and cultural themes that ran through this most fascinating of decades, from the elusive promise of scientific progress to the persistent fear of apocalypse that stalked No artist offered a incisive and accurate portrait of the troubled landscape of the 1970s than David Bowie Through his multi faceted and inventive work, he encapsulated many of the social, political and cultural themes that ran through this most fascinating of decades, from the elusive promise of scientific progress to the persistent fear of apocalypse that stalked the globe In The Man Who Sold The World David Bowie and the 1970s, cultural historian Peter Doggett explores the rich heritage of the artist s most productive and inspired decade, and traces the way in which his music reflected and influenced the world around him The book follows his career from Space Oddity , his dark vision of mankind s voyage into the unknown terrain of space, to the Scary Monsters album It examines in detail his audacious creation of an alien rock star, Ziggy Stardust, and his own increasingly perilous explorations of the nature of identity and the meaning of fame, against the backdrop of his family heritage of mental instability Among the book s wider themes are the West s growing sense of insecurity in the age of oil shortages and terrorism the changing nature of sexual roles, as represented by Bowie s pioneering adoption of a bisexual persona the emergence of a new experimental form of rock music that would leave an indelible mark on the decades to come and the changing nature of many of the world s great cities, including London, New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, each of which played host to Bowie during particularly creative periods of his career Mixing brilliant musical critique with biographical insight and acute cultural analysis, The Man Who Sold The World is a unique study of a major artist and his times.

  • Title: The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s
  • Author: Peter Doggett
  • ISBN: 9781847921451
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Man Who Sold the World David Bowie and the s No artist offered a incisive and accurate portrait of the troubled landscape of the s than David Bowie Through his multi faceted and inventive work he encapsulated many of the social political a

    Dee Arr

    Music lovers and those who love to read about musicians will find much to celebrate in The Man Who Sold the World Fans of David Bowie might find themselves in thrall Musicians will find the extra treats nestled within the stories and anecdotes Put it all together, and you have an excellent book that is a delight on many levels.Author Peter Doggett targets 1967 1980, preferring to focus on Bowie s early years and some of his most prolific work While there are chapters devoted to filling in some o [...]


    Michael Legge

    Shame he dies in the end.


    Edmole

    Many years ago when I was in my late teens early twenties I was obsessed with the Beatles and I would rattle on about the Beatles all the time My local library had a lot of Beatles books, to the extent that they had TWO Yoko Ono biogs, both of which I read So I thought I was pretty up on the Beatles But then Ian MacDonald s Revolution In The Head came out Rather than the usual rock biog arc form, fun, fucking, signed, success, snorting, bored, broke, boring, slips, switch, splitting it went song [...]


    Tosh

    Via my work as the book buyer at Book Soup, I received a galley of Peter Doggett s mega book on David Bowie The Man Who Sold The World I know, another new book on Bowie, but gosh darn it he s a fascinating figure And Doggett goes through all the songs by Bowie including unreleased tunes through out the 70 s and also including the obscure 1960 s material So the book is a biography on Bowie as well as a critical analysis of Bowie s work Or a narrative via his songsAnd yeah I guess this book is fo [...]


    Sade

    Before beginning this book, I recommend you get your Bowie musical library dusted off whatever format or formats it currently resides in and in order Although I ve listened faithfully over the years, some songs I just could not bring to mind for instance, I can easily visualize the cartoon for Sell Me A Coat , but what the hell does it sound like No idea.Non musicians will probably be at of a loss, as terms like I iv IV V and Fsus7 are used with only a cursory explanation given early on However [...]


    Nick

    I m very rarely David Jones anyI think I ve forgotten who David Jones is David Bowie, 1972IIt s that time of year post Christmas weekend, for me an annual retreat into isolation, paranoia, and a diet consisting wholly of cookies, egg nog, and cocaine holiday cheer, so I figured, hey, why not revisit some old favorites by the man who took up similar practices to make one of the greatest albums ever Station to Station With Peter Doggett as my guide, I began doing just that, reading this song by so [...]


    Daniel Brockman

    I really, really enjoyed Doggett s previous book, You Never Give Me Your Money , a fascinating tome about the Beatles that actually covered Things I Didn t Already Know, ie the band s slow and lumbering breakup and decade long post Beatles solo period torment In that book, Doggett managed to dish about the band s personal lives, give a behind the scenes of their business dealings with a detail that was both interesting and revelatory, and save some fairly unique insight into the music, both grou [...]


    James Lark

    As thorough and insightful book as has ever been written about Bowie s work, this is an excellent read and made me revisit Bowie s music in a completely new way In particular, the incredible leaps in Bowie s development from The Man Who Sold The World to Aladdin Sane were brought home in a way I ve never appreciated before There are conclusions that some people might have a problem with I know people who would be incensed by the suggestion that Lodger is a record that didn t need to be made but [...]


    Darren

    I really enjoyed Doggett s book about the break up of the Beatles You Never Give Me Your Money and I am a diehard Bowie fan, so expected to get a lot out of this.Perhaps it s because I ve read so much about Bowie that this was such a disappointment Doggett is not a Bowie scholar of the calibre of Kevin Cann or Nicholas Pegg or Chris O Leary, with his superlatively detailed and intuitive blog Pushing Ahead of the Dame His reading of Bowie s work was often based on half baked interpretation or, se [...]


    Jason Coleman

    Doggett was brought in to do this book after the death of the originally contracted author, Ian MacDonald, and adopts the same song by song format as MacDonald s great Beatles book, Revolution in the Head He alters the formula by inserting small, contextualizing chapters at various points mini essays on things ranging from Philly soul, Krautrock, and androgyny in glam rock to Friedrich Nietzsche, Andy Warhol, and occultist Aleister Crowley I ll take a wild guess and say these asides probably ann [...]


    Cooper Renner

    I didn t read the whole book, just browsed the sections that appealed to me A detailed accounting of all of Bowie s recordings 1969 1980, along with overview info and evaluations For the researcher or hardcore fan, full of information For most of us, than we need.


    Lindig

    While I think Bowie is a genius, I am no musicologist so a discussion of a song and its chord changes means nothing to me On the whole, the author has managed to make Bowie boring, which he never was Too bad.


    Sharon

    Peter Doggett s The Man Who Sold The World is a musicological examination of what the author calls David Bowie s long 1970s the period from 1964 1980.Doggett looks at every song individually, then the context of each album and even the films in which Bowie appeared during the time In discussing the complexities and sometimes the simplicities of each song from a scholarly perspective, he demonstrates Bowie s versatility and challenges as an artist Not everything Bowie did hit the mark as a chart [...]


    Anthony

    I was a David Bowie fan.After reading Doggett s chronicle of Bowie s iconoclastic decade of creativity and stardom I have been converted to a David Bowie fanatic Reading through this account of Bowie s prolific period spanning 1969 1980 I listened to each of the albums discussed and rediscovered the many voices of Bowie s artistic imprint The singles that I ve loved are now fleshed out in context with their albums and the ground breaking efforts that motivated Bowie and inspired his would be fol [...]


    Terry Collins

    Comprehensive study of the official releases, and the rarities, of David Bowie from the start of his career under his real name of David Jones, to the close of the seventies with Scary Monsters And Super Creeps An incredible undertaking to understand the messages of the songs, but also the man and where he was personally mentally, physically and emotionally during the composition and recording of the music Attention is also paid to events in society and the artistic scene during the creative hig [...]


    Jennie

    Close to Nicolas Pegg s book, but not as complete.The attention to detail and fact finding would stump even Mr Bowie himself I wasn t around to see this decade but really enjoyed the musical references and cultural happenings noted I was sad to see Mr Doggett s gloss over his Labyrinth role, and pan most of his 80s and 90s music I discovered David in the 80s and find that time in his career both uninspired and inspiring carefully planned I m sure.Great gift for a major Bowie fan, specifically th [...]


    Lionel

    There is a point when the music journalist can get too deep into every detail surrounding the making of the music, sacrificing a narrative flow of any kind Useful as it is to chronologically explain every song as it is composed, Bowie was prolific enough that foregoing some of this detail in favor of some of the happenings in the world to provide context for the albums as they were written A necessary book for the avid fan, and I understand this, but falls short on the literature end of things.


    Knox Bronson

    This is an amazing, song by song analysis of Bowie s incredible body of work The author looks at a song in a musicological sense chord changes, key changes, melodic, rhythmic, and so on, including Bowie s singing and societal context of the song, and also what was going on in Bowie s life I apologize for the awful syntax here, but I m learning how to dictate via Siri It s a process.


    Misty

    3.5 stars I found it tedious at times, and therefore boring


    Brian Manville

    If you were to construct a Mount Rush of artists from the 1970s, the vast majority of those making that list would have the name of David Bowie on it And for good reason, as Bowie not only sought to melt art and music in new ways, but he was to influence to artists that came after him such as Prince and Madonna.Except for a brief section on his youth, this biography is limited to his works of the 70s, and encapsulating his albums from Space Oddity released in the US as Man of Worlds Man of Music [...]


    Rob

    It seems that in deciding to allow the books I read to come to me or less by chance, 2016 started out as the year of Buddhism, Britain and Bowie And right in that take off period came January 10, when Bowie was suddenly no , so that led to even Bowie books The good news is that they have all been improvements on the Bowie books that I ended up reading a couple of years back Peter Doggett s book is avowedly and unashamedly a version of Revolution In The Head by Ian McDonald, giving us a song by [...]


    Woogie! Kristin!

    I liked this book, but it s NOT a biography It s a song by song analysis of his music in the 70 s Very little of his personal life is included For example, Iman is not mentioned once again, it s about the 70 s and his first marriage very little There is a lot of chord analysis, mentions of influences and his relationships with collaborators and management team At times I was confused if the author actually LIKED Bowie, so this is obviously written from a music critic s perspective The aftermath [...]


    Jon

    Interesting format I listened to the tracks as I read about them Gave me new appreciation for the greatest era of one of our greatest artists Sometimes it feels as though the author doesn t like Bowie too much.


    Stephen

    Bring your iPod Peter Doggett s, The Man Who Sold the World David Bowie and the 1970s, takes a song by song approach in considering what it contends was a decade of groundbreaking, culture shaping musical creation by its famous subject This work truly offers everything you ever wanted to know about David Bowie, but were afraid to ask Doggett is the possessor of much information that will be of interest to fans of the Thin Gray Duke, bytes of data that fill in spaces and explain the unexplained D [...]


    Thomas Walsh

    To a Bowie fan, like me, this a book you can never actually finish After a brief bio of the King of Glitter Rock, the author, Peter Doggett, writes a track by track detailed analysis of songs from the 70s,Bowie s spattering, speckled, burn out spiked zenith He prefaces each albums section with rare interviews insights from Bowie, on tonal construction and floating lyrical associations We discover Bowie s approach to his music is part planned, and part inspired, extrapolated but always resolved i [...]


    Susannah

    Impeccably researched and written with an obviously great respect for the artist himself It s long enough that I wouldn t recommend it to casual fans, but it s rewarding all the same The length of the book is necessary to discuss Bowie because even if one only counts the 1970 s, he still changed so drastically from album to album so than anyone else This book also has great sociohistorical context for each of his eras The standard format of each song being analyzed is broken up by many longer es [...]


    Stargazer

    A good read which led me into 2 nights of Bowie, one on vinyl and one on youtube chasing some of the tracks I hadn t heard which were unreleased and hours of old interviews, I d have been constantly on the computer had it been available when I was younger Is that really where squawking like a pink monkey bird comes from gay slang Never knew that Of personal interest was the fact that in 1967 Bowie was offered the lead role in a screenplay based around the Offenbach opera Orpheus in the Underworl [...]


    David Manns

    Doggett s You Never Give Me Your Money is one of the great books about The Beatles, or specifically the tangled web of financial affairs the Fabs enmeshed themselves in through bad management and naive idealism Another great Beatles book bear with me, I m getting to Bowie , is Revolution In The Head, by Ian MacDonald, where every Beatles song is analysed in the order of composition.MacDonald was contracted to write a similar book about Bowie and the 70 s, but sadly died before starting the proj [...]


    Chris Craddock

    The Man Who Sold The World David Bowie and the 1970s by Peter Doggett is a delicious concoction of hushed tones of awed reverence mixed with the sour grapes of snarky dismissal that describes, song by song, in Doggett style, the music of David Bowie during the 1970s, a decade of fragmentation and decadence that Bowie virtually defined The era of the 70s, as reckoned by Doggett, runs from 1969 to 1980, and is book ended by Bowie s Space Oddity from 1969, and Ashes to Ashes in 1980, where Major To [...]


    Paul Harris

    Oh dear, where to start Firstly, I freely admit that there are parts of this book that went right over my head When the author writes about how a song uses F to G flat and blah blah blah well, I m no musician and I m lost That I can put up with, as, although that kind of remark is used often, it doesn t dominate what the author is talking about.Far, far worse for me was the dismissive tone of the whole book Bowie s earliest songs are described in terms of how derivative they are fair enough, any [...]



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