The Man Who Sold the World by Peter Doggett
David Bowie and the 1970s

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The Man Who Sold the World by Peter Doggett—author of the critically acclaimed Beatles biography, You Never Give Me Your Money—is a song-by-song chronicle of the evolution of David Bowie.

Focusing on the work and the life of one of the most groundbreaking figures in music and popular culture during the turbulent seventies, Bowie’s most productive and innovative period, The Man Who Sold the World is the book that serious rock music lovers have been waiting for.

By exploring David Bowie’s individual achievements and breakthroughs one-by-one, Doggett paints a fascinating portrait of the performer who paved the way for a host of fearless contemporary artists, from Radiohead to Lady Gaga.

 

About Peter Doggett

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Peter Doggett has been writing about popular music, the entertainment industry and social and cultural history since 1980. A regular contributor to Mojo, Q and GQ, his books include The Art and Music of John Lennon, a volume detailing the creation of the Beatles' Let It Be and Abbey Road albums; the pioneering study of the collision between rock and country music, Are You Ready for the Country? ; There's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars and the Rise and Fall of 60s Counter-culture; and, most recently, You Never Give Me Your Money, about The Beatles after their breakup.
 
Published July 31, 2012 by Harper. 517 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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Recent years have seen the publication of a variety of Bowie books, most notably the lengthy, impressive biographies by Marc Spitz (Bowie: A Biography, 2009) and Paul Trynka (David Bowie: Starman, 2011).

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Doggett writes that MacDonald was under contract to write a similar analysis of Bowie's work at the time of his death in 2003;

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Hence Bowie, for Doggett, was the pre-eminent artist of the 70s because he embodied the decade's entropic dread as much as – perhaps more than – the happy-go-lucky antics of the Beatles did for its predecessor.

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Each song Bowie released during this period is given careful attention—from the tonal structure to Bowie’s fellow musicians and his (often cocaine-addled) state of mind—not just the “greatest hits,” though it’s especially illuminating that the “decade” is loosely bookended by “S...

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When one looks back at the ‘60s and ‘70s, it’s hard to separate out the politics, the social movements and the tumult of the time from the music: Joplin, the Beatles, the Stones, Iggy Pop, and, of course, David Bowie.

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The Independent

Vintage £8.99 Just as the Beatles' musical revolution summed up the spirit of the Sixties, so, Peter Doggett argues, David Bowie was "popular culture's most reliable guide to the fever of the Seventies".

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The Bookbag

If this book appeals then we can recommend Tony Visconti: the Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy by Tony Visconti You can read more book reviews and buy The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s by Peter Doggett at Amazon and Waterstones.

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Tulsa World

Peter Doggett's "The Man Who Sold the World" is not so much a book as it is a project - meticulously documenting the whole of David Bowie's oeuvre during the 1970s, when his star burned brightest.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Focusing on the work and the life of one of the most groundbreaking figures in music and popular culture during the turbulent seventies, Bowie’s most productive and innovative period, The Man Who Sold the World is the book that serious rock music lovers have been waiting for.

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New Zealand Listener

One of two new books about David Bowie contends that he was pop culture's most reliable guide to the fever of the 70s.

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