Loving the Alien (Bowie) by Christopher Sanderson-
Book- Review, Biography David Bowie
I have always been a huge fan of David Bowie. He has been one of the most influential artists ever in the rock/pop world. As I have grown older I can look back on my life and always find an apt song by Bowie that matched a period in my life. I went to Bowie’s “Serious Moonlight Tour” in Lang Park in Brisbane in the mid eighties Bowie has been a changeling. Smart enough to follow the fast changing trends in the music industry to enable him to not only survive but to thrive.
This book explains how he did it and the reasons why he did it. It starts off with an in-depth description of his family going farther back than his grandparents. It details the history of mental illness in his family which essentially moulded most of the decisions in his personal and musical career. It details his childhood and his childhood friends, going into minute detail. If you ever wanted to know about David’s strange eyes then this is the book to read.
The book is written in a sophisticated fashion. There is no doubt that Christopher Sanderson is a well educated intellectual, and it is advisable to keep a dictionary handy while you are reading. This is not a negative though, rather I found it a positive because I learned a lot of new words and their meanings.
Sanderson must have interviewed hundreds of people to arrive at this definitive work, and most of them are named. It is also explains how they fitted into Bowie’s big picture. We are taken on tour with Bowie, and there is a lot of detail into how these tours were organised and the movers and shakers behind them. There are many amazing facts about Bowie I have never read before. The author goes into detail about each song, concert and album, and the concepts behind them, while at the same time paralleling the happenings in Bowies personal relationships.
It goes into detail about his wife Angela and why they fell out. It also describes Bowie’s relationship with his son Zowie. It chronicles the almost schizophrenic-like Bowie characters and how they were invented. A feature of Bowie’s career has been the fact that he has described himself as an actor playing a musician.
Bowie had many patrons who supported him right throughout his career and he also had problems with managers and money. All of this is in the book and much, much more. It is one of those books you just can’t put down, and if you are a Bowie fan, the facts and eccentric little stories as well as figures will keep you amazed. The best book on Bowie I have ever read.
If you would like to find out more then read the book, I never give away too much information when writing reviews as this would disappoint the reader!!