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Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016

Chris O'Leary



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12 February 2019
Music; Rock & Pop music; Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups
Ashes to Ashes covers every single Bowie song, whether it was sung, written, or produced by him, from 1976, when he first recorded with Iggy Pop on The Idiot, to his last masterpiece Blackstar, released just days before his death in 2016. Each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song's creation, production, influences and impact. It hits everything from Heroes to the Labyrinth soundtrack, from his 1985 camp duet with Mick Jagger on Dancing In the Street to Where Are We Now, his comeback single in 2013.

Along the way we encounter a vast cast of characters, weaving in and out of Bowie's life and his music- Brian Eno, John Cale, Nile Rodgers, Lou Reed, Freddie Mercury, Scott Walker, Marc Bolan, Arcade Fire, John Lennon, Mickey Rourke, Gary Oldman, Iman, Hanif Kureishi, Julien Temple, Giorgio Moroder, Neil Young and many others. And we range across the globe from Bowie's years in divided Berlin to his exile years in Switzerland through his final years as a New Yorker, recording within walking distance of his home.
By:   Chris O'Leary
Imprint:   Watkins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9781912248308
ISBN 10:   1912248301
Pages:   710
Publication Date:   12 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chris O'Leary is a writer and editor based in western Massachusetts. He has written for Pitchfork, Slate, New York, Mojo, Billboard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and is the author of a previous book on the music of David Bowie: Rebel Rebel (Zero, 2015). Both Rebel Rebel and Ashes to Ashes are based on the blog that he created in 2009, Pushing Ahead of the Dame (http://bowiesongs.wordpress.com)

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