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By Wendy Leigh

Detect the fellow at the back of the parable during this new biography of 1 of the main pioneering and influential performers of our time—David Bowie.

David Bowie—the iconic celebrity of rock, style, paintings, layout, and the imperative sexual liberator—is a dwelling legend. although, for the earlier 5 a long time, he has controlled to keep his Hollywood megastar mystique. Now, manhattan instances bestselling writer Wendy Leigh unearths the true guy at the back of the mythology. via rankings of interviews with Bowie’s fans (both male and female), his girlfriends, company affiliates, groupies, and band individuals, Leigh, who grew up only a mile from the place Bowie used to be born and went to varsity, has written an intimate biography of rock’s maximum enigma.

In an unexpurgated exploration of Bowie’s kaleidoscopic own existence, she unearths his star-crossed inheritance—his mom was an acolyte of the British Fascist celebration; his father, the PR genius who masterminded his early career—in a dramatic distinction to these kinfolk grappling with psychological disease, fears that will hang-out Bowie for many of his life.

Above all, there's Bowie’s hard-won upward push to repute and fortune, his unbelievable creativity, his braveness as a performer, and his shape-shifting type, coupled with a ruthless ambition that brought on him to undergo the casting sofa on his approach to the head. within the procedure, Leigh tells of Bowie’s powerful bond with John Lennon, his love/hate dating with Mick Jagger, his male sexual companions, and his girls, as disparate as Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Tina Turner, Marianne trustworthy, Nina Simone, and so much awesome, his marriage to Iman, which has lasted for the prior region of a century.

Featuring a sixteen-page insert with many never-before-seen photos of David Bowie and people with regards to him, this biography is a once-in-a-lifetime examine the long-lasting big name who replaced the area.

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