Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Bowie Bio: Starman Chapters 3, 4 and 5
In Chapter 3 of Paul Trynka's Bowie bio Starman, we learn David will do anything and everything to market himself...even pretend to form a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long Haired Men.
In Chapter 4 Bowie goes through bands almost as quickly as lovers. He enters his Anthony Newley phase from 66-67, the Deram sessions, and records "The Laughing Gnome","Love You Till Tuesday" and "I Dig Everything", which sounds like an outtake from the Austin Powers soundtrack. His career stalls.
In Chapter 5, Bowie has almost given up on music. He tries theatre, dance and mime. He shoots some campy promo films including this one called "The Mask".
Among the songs recorded for the promo film: a rough, early version of "Space Oddity".
It occurs to me that in the next generation of e-books, bios like this one will have such youtube videos embedded in them. Am I ruining the book for you or making it more appetizing? Let me know.