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Starman: David Bowie - The Definitive Biography (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Paul Trynka

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Has there ever been a more charismatic and intriguing rock star than David Bowie?

In Starman, Paul Trynka has painted the definitive portrait of a great artist. From Bowie's early years in post-war, bombed-out Brixton to the decadent glamour of Ziggy Stardust to the controversial but vital Berlin period, this essential biography is a celebration of Bowie's brilliance and a timely reminder of how great music is made - now with an update on the making and release of The Next Day.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 10569 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 448 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0751542938
  • Editeur : Sphere (3 mars 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004Q9THQE
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Amazon.com: 3.9 étoiles sur 5  23 commentaires
21 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 500 pages long and yet it's missing so much 7 février 2012
Par Invisible Pedestrian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Paul Trynka put together a very long, detailed biography of David Bowie (without speaking to the artists of course) and it still doesn't really get the job done despite the length.
In close to 500 pages I learned very little (or nothing at all) about some very important things in David Bowie's legendary career.
Want to know how the infamous, ground-breaking video for "Ashes To Ashes" was done in 1980 and who came up with the ideas? Not here. Want to learn about how Bowie landed the role in Labyrinth in 1986 which was largely panned by critics but became a hit anyway and still has a large following, and was put together by Jim Henson of Muppets fame? Or about the music Bowie did for it? Not here.
What about the bizarre, yet beautiful collaboration with Bing Crosby on "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy" in 1977? Barely a mention. Really? The collaboration on the hit single "This Is Not America" with the Pat Metheny Group in 1985? Nope-not even mentioned.
How about getting Pete Townshend to lay down the guitar solo on "Slow Burn" in 2002? Nope! Or singing on Adrian Belew's 1990 hit "Pretty Pink Rose"? Of course not.
Not even a word about the controversial cover art of the Diamond Dogs album! How is this possible? Or David's appearance on SNL in 1979 and so on.
But if you want to know what his nanny from the 70's had to say or some friends he hasn't seen in 40 years, this is the book for you. There's even some quotes attributed to nobody at all.
Trynka also annoyingly puts his opinions on the music throughout which should not be done. He has a seperate section for that in the back of the book, so why inject yourself in the narrative?
I still can't completely condemn the book as there are patches of good info and it is detailed (focusing way too much on the 60's). But flaws galore, some pretentious writing and not mentioning so many events was disappointing to say the least. No way this book is 5 stars.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Journalistic Account of Bowie's life 18 janvier 2012
Par MT57 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I can't bring myself to assign 5 stars to a straightforward biography about a rock star but this is a good journalistic review of Bowie's life. By "journalistic", I mean a style that is chronological, well sourced, focused on the subject, striving for a balanced presentation that, net net, is modestly sympathetic without being fawning (although there are one or two passages which could be described as fawning), and relatively crisp (although it is pretty hefty) with not much psychoanalysis, sociology, musical analysis or authorial intrusion.

Bowie and his family do not seem to have actively cooperated in it but the author appears to have quite a number of sources who talk on the record.

He has a nice balance about what to focus on and what to glide over, and the chapter leading up to the release of Ziggy Stardust was excellent, conveying the professional excitement and pleasure of numerous participants who recognized, as they made it, that they were working on a breakthrough in their field.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extremely detailed for Bowie Lovers 11 septembre 2011
Par Staci126 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I loved this book. It has so many details from the entirety of DB's career and life. Probably a realistic portrayal of DB--not always flattering, but seems honest. For those who love DB (and I don't know who else would read the book...) there are lots of details about the writing of different songs and albums, which was really cool. The book gives an interesting view into the process by which he writes albums/songs. If you are reading it out of a general interest in rock music, it might be more detailed than you want, but I think it's a great amount of detail. I'm really glad I bought it so I can read it again and again. Discography is great too.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but Lacks Enthusiasm, Passion, and Magic. 1 juillet 2012
Par T. A. Daniel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Paul Trynka's "definitive biography," DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN, is good, but it's not great. The task to sum up an artist as prolific as David Bowie is no easy burden, but Trynka does a serviceable job here.

The book attempts to tell the story of David Bowie's life from those around him. There are plenty of interviews here from people that have known Bowie from his young days to those who met him late in his career. It's fun to see how these individuals' accounts sync up to create a portrait the artist. For the most part, they agree: he's an enthusiastic intellectual that is obsessed with pop culture. Another nice thing (even though it ends up hurting the book, in my opinion) is the breadth of the book. This book covers from the moment David Jones was born to the time before publishing; if you're looking for a narrative about the singer's life, DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN does a decent job of cobbling the loose ends together to make a coherent biography.

The discography listing in the back of the book is a fun, brief read. Trynka sums up Bowie's albums with a paragraph or two and lists the major players (engineers, musicians, producers) involved with each.

The beginning and ending of the book are great. DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN begins with Ziggy and The Spiders playing "Starman" in front of a live television audience. The author states that this event is what launched Bowie's career. After this quick introduction, the book loses steam when it flashes back to Bowie's childhood origin. The book especially picks up once Bowie signs under Tony Defries' management, but the moments before HUNKY DORY feel quite dry. The ending treats Bowie with a more reverent tone than anywhere else in the book. Bowie largely vanished out of the public eye after his enduring A REALITY TOUR, appearing only in a few select events. Trynka makes a few guesses as to what's become of Bowie out of the spotlight.

Trynka spend a lot of time trying to understand just why Bowie is such a great songwriter. Most moments before HUNKY DORY describe Bowie as being an artist completely without skill: someone whose ambition greatly exceeds his execution. Accordingly, he accuses Bowie of stealing from other songwriters, playing off of Pablo Picasso's famous quote: "good artists copy, great artists steal." While this observation may hold true for the eponymous "Starman" (obviously lifted from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow,") it doesn't account for the masterwork of HUNKY DORY or anything after. This cold and clinical view of Bowie unfortunately lends itself to passionless writing. I never really felt like Trynka enjoyed Bowie's work. While this objective style may be good journalistic writing, it probably won't appeal to fans much.

While the breadth of the book is nice, DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN ultimately becomes a book that is both not enough and just too much. Readers won't get too much insight into Bowie's recording/writing process for each album (especially in the 90's). Readers also won't learn too much about his acting career, his legendary trip to Berlin, his relationship with his ex-wife Angie, or his relationship with Iggy Pop. While these topics are briefly covered, there's just not enough material presented to be satisfying. A book could probably be written about each of these subjects, and in some cases, they have (Bowie In Berlin: A New Career In A New Town). Trynka tries to juggle all of these aspects of Bowie's life, but these separate narratives never quite come across as detailed enough to be enjoyable.

DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN is an enjoyable read, but it proves to be too middling for fans of Bowie. The book does a better job than other biographies in making Bowie's life a coherent narrative, but this scattered story ends up not spending enough time on what fans will find interesting. For anyone who wants a breezy (but lengthy) overview of David Bowie's life, this book will probably do a good job. If, however, you are interested in how your favorite Bowie song was written, the specifics of Bowie's familial role, or the details of his trilogy in Berlin, DAVID BOWIE: STARMAN comes up a bit short.
8 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Done 23 août 2011
Par J. Cherry - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Covers the bases. Includes detailed roots inspection. Writer was an editor of Mojo--gives him cred in my book. Concentrates density where it counts, on the Ziggy. Recommended read.
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