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An excellent book that Bowie fans will enjoy..

Published by: Sphere

Longstanding British journalist Paul Trynka is best known for his masterful biography of Iggy Pop, 'Open Up And Bleed', which is hailed as the undisputed definitive biography of the crazed Detroit rocker. Now, the former Mojo editor tackles a truly British subject – that of David Bowie. Wonderfully written and impeccably researched, 'Starman' is a terrific read.

Tynka is excellent on the early years of Bowie's life in war-torn Bromley; his difficult relationship with his mother, his love for but distance from his stepbrother (who ended up in the infamous Cane Hill Asylum) and his well publicised sex life, which was certainly colourful. Trynka also goes into depth about Bowie's genius for using – or is it abusing? – the talents of those around him such as guitarist Mick Ronson. Certainly the early 1970s Bowie albums would never have been as brilliant had it not been for the late great Hull-born guitarist.

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Bowie was manipulative and selfish and stopped at nothing to achieve fame, but he was also incredibly talented even though it took quite some time for all his talents to manifest themselves. It also took him several years to have a hit song. Long-term readers of books on Bowie may find nothing new here especially after David Buckley's highly acclaimed tome 'Strange Fascination' and the recent 'Bowie In Berlin' by Tom Seabrook, but Trykna is strong on a lot of areas of Bowie's career – his rivalry/friendship with Bolan, his friendships with Lou Reed, Ian Hunter and Iggy Pop and his doomed marriage to Angie Bowie (their son is Moon/Source Code director Duncan Jones). Trynka is also excellent on Bowie's ability to transform himself; there are so many different eras to Bowie's career – glam, jungle, New Wave, pop and funk. He's done it all. Bowie is such a fascinating person, truly a one-off artist. What makes him utterly compelling is that he is famous but also eccentric and secretive. These days, he lives in New York with his wife, the model Iman, and their daughter in a state of semi-retirement. He hasn't done an interview in about seven years and has only appeared on stage a couple of times (with Dave Gilmour and Arcade Fire) but it is his seemingly contradictory persona that makes him such an interesting character – that, and his music.

Trynka has written an excellent book here and one that Bowie fans will enjoy.

Neil Daniels

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