Review: ‘On Bowie’ by Rob Sheffield

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars

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Blurb: From the New York Times bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape, a thoughtful and loving meditation on the life of the late David Bowie that explores his creative legacy and the enduring and mutual connection he enjoyed with his fans

Innovative. Pioneering. Brave. Until his death in January 2016, David Bowie created art that not only pushed boundaries, but helped fans understand themselves and view the world from fantastic new perspectives.

When the shocking news of his death on January 10, 2016 broke, the outpouring of grief and adulation was immediate and ongoing. Fans around the world and across generations paid homage to this brilliant, innovate, ever evolving artist who both shaped and embodied our times.

In this concise and penetrating book, featuring color photographs, highly regarded Rolling Stone critic, bestselling author, and lifelong Bowie fan Rob Sheffield shares his own feelings about the passing of this icon and explains why Bowie’s death has elicited such an unprecedented emotional outpouring from so many lives. 

Like many other people, I watched with sadness the news reports on David Bowies passing back in January. My dad always played a lot of music when I was growing up and amongst it, a lot of Bowies albums. His music became a constant in my life and I still love his music now. To me, and I suspect to many others as well, he seemed immortal so the news of his death was a shock.

Since January, I have been reading quite a bit about him, but this book is the best hing I have read to date. It is not just all the facts that you can find everywhere, but it also takes personal views and the legends into account. Let’s not forget Rob Sheffield’s writing style, which just flows. Before you know it, you are all emotional and you finished the book. I would have loved more photos, but that’s just my personal taste, I love flicking through pages of photos.
Definitely recommend it, and not just to Bowie fans!

Published June 28th 2016 

I have received this book through Bookbridgr! 

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