- Tapa blanda: 136 páginas
- Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc; Edición: 01 (19 de agosto de 2005)
- Colección: 33 1/3
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0826416845
- ISBN-13: 978-0826416841
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David Bowie Low (33 1/3) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 ago 2005
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"'A brilliant series of pocket-sized books focussing on a classic album. Each one a work of real love.' NME"
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"One day I blew my nose and half my brains came out." Los Angeles, 1976. David Bowie is holed up in his Bel-Air mansion, drifting into drug-induced paranoia and confusion. Obsessed with black magic and the Holy Grail, he's built an altar in the living room and keeps his fingernail clippings in the fridge. There are occasional trips out to visit his friend Iggy Pop in a mental institution. His latest album is the cocaine-fuelled "Station To Station" (Bowie: "I know it was recorded in LA because I read it was"), which welds R&B rhythms to lyrics that mix the occult with a yearning for Europe, after three mad years in the New World. Bowie has long been haunted by the angst-ridden, emotional work of the Die Brucke movement and the Expressionists. Berlin is their spiritual home, and after a chaotic world tour, Bowie adopts this city as his new sanctuary. Immediately he sets to work on "Low", his own expressionist mood-piece.Ver Descripción del producto
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In a hundred-odd pocket-sized pages, Hugo Wilcken covers the recording of the album in appropriate detail and takes the time to talk about each individual song. He also explores the lead-up to Low, starting with Bowie's previous album, Station to Station, as well as the Iggy Pop album The Idiot, which Bowie produced and co-wrote (and first experimented with some of the sounds used on Low). For such a small book, there's a wealth of information in these pages, and Wilcken writes it all in a clear, easy-to-follow style. Highly recommended.
And if you like this one, other books in the 33 1/3 series I've read and recommend are:
Geeta Dayal's book on Brian Eno's Another Green World Brian Eno's Another Green World (33 1/3 series)
Jonathan Lethem's book on Talking Heads' Fear of Music Talking Heads' Fear of Music (33 1/3)
Mark Polizzotti's book on Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (33 1/3)
Highlights included: a solid description of just where Bowie was, mentally, when he made the album (a description which does a lot to explain the album's unique mood). Explanation of the album's influences, with focus on acts like Kraftwerk and Neu!, as well as the ways the album connects to its predecessor, Station to Station. And track-by-track analysis which actually feels justified: not drawn-out or unnecessary (although not of much interest to anyone but the committed fan), but not clipped or peremptory.
It's a book-length analysis of a brilliant album. If you're a hardcore David Bowie fan, a lot of it is already familiar to you; if you love the album but don't know anything about its history, it's a must-read. There's nothing "ambitious" about the book--it's no more or less than the story of Low--but it does its job well.