Sunday, July 31, 2011
Bowie bio Starman Chapters 6 through 9
In Chapter 7 we learn Bowie's "All the Madmen" was inspired by his troubled half brother Terry who was institutionalized at Cane Hill, the same asylum that housed Charlie Chaplin's mother
Bowie marries outspoken American Angie and shocks bandmate John Cambridge by dancing with a bloke at the reception.
In Chapter 8 Bowie becomes obsessed with Iggy and the Stooges and a single called "Paralyzed" by outsider artist the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. He writes the Ziggy Stardust album.
In the next chapter 1972 sees Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album launching him to super-stardom. He offers to produce both the Stooges and Lou Reed.
He gives Mott the Hoople what may have been his best song of the entire era: "All the Young Dudes".
The bio gets bogged down by Bowie's business relationships and the comings and goings of band members. Important for a bio. Not as much for the music fan.