Martin Popoff’s fully sumptuous Bowie@75 book

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30 copies of Bowie@75 arrived today.

 

This is my most lavish and gorgeously appointed book ever. It’s not at my site yet, but ordering info is below. Yes, the physical books are here.

 

The hardback cover is printed using neon inks

There’s an envelope containing a black and white print and a repro tour poster.

There are two fold-outs, a timeline and an illustration

The book is housed in a plastic slipcase that is screen-printing and lined in black felt

 

This however makes for the most expensive book any publisher has designed for me.

 

In Bowie@75, I first curate and then celebrate 75 David Bowie career highlights, milestones and events good and bad, including in that list of 75, every studio album.

Along with the text is a panorama of photography—live shots, studio, memorabilia—of every stripe imaginable, approximately 350 pictures in all.

 

Here’s the Table of Contents, or close to the final, anyway.

 

Introduction

Part 1: Pop Singer

“Scream Like a Baby:” Born in Brixton.

“Teenage Wildlife:” Bromley Technical High School

“Boys Keep Swinging:” David receives the punch seen ‘round the world.

“There Is a Happy Land:” Bowie sees the release of his first record, a single.

“Silly Boy Blue:” David Bowie issues his debut album.

“Moonage Daydream:” The Apollo Moon Landing and “Space Oddity”

“Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud:” David Bowie issues his second first album.

“All the Young Dudes:” David Bowie and Mick Ronson perform live together for the first time.

“Rebel Rebel:” David marries Angela Barnett.

“Sons of the Silent Age:” The Man Who Sold the World

“All the Madmen:” David meets Andy Warhol, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.

“Lady Stardust:” Hunky Dory, the Third First David Bowie Album

“It’s No Game:” David Bowie tells Melody Maker magazine that he is gay.

 

Part 2: Rock Star

“Across the Universe:” The Spring, Summer and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

“The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell:” Transformer, Raw Power and David Bowie.

“Slip Away:” Aladdin the USA

“Here Comes the Night:” David Bowie “retires.”

“I’m Dreaming My Life:” Pinups

“A New Career in a New Town:” Ex-Pat

“We Are the Dead:” …and Ziggy played guitar.

“Where Have All the Good Times Gone:” David Live

“I Can’t Explain:” David appears on The Dick Cavett Show.

“She’ll Drive the Big Car:” BBC airs Alan Yentob’s Bowie documentary Cracked Actor.

“Sweet Thing:” Plastic Soul

“Bring Me the Disco King:” David has his first US #1 when “Fame” hits the top of the Billboard charts.

“Five Years:” After finding out he was broke, David breaks ties with manager Tony Defries.

 

Part 3: Musician

“Blackout:” The Thin White Duke

“Across the Universe:” The Man Who Fell to Earth

“Can You Hear Me:” RCA issue the platinum-selling greatest hits record Changesonebowie.

“Modern Love:” David tells Playboy he’s bisexual.

“This Is Not America:” The Berlin Years

“Dum Dum Boys:” The Idiot, Lust for Life and Later, the Recycling Thereof

“The Loneliest Guy:” Low

“Beauty and the Beast:” “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” with Bing Crosby

“Speed of Life:” David apologizes in Melody Maker for previous statements supporting fascism, blaming it on the drugs.

“Future Legend:” A Slow-Burning Hit with “Heroes” if Not So Much “”Heroes””

“A Small Plot of Land:” Lodger

“Fashion:” David performs on Saturday Night Live, accompanied by Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias.

“Cracked Actor:” David Bowie premieres in the theatrical production of Elephant Man.

“New Killer Star:” David appears on Carson.

“Art Decade:” Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

“Too Dizzy:” “Under Pressure”

“Look Back in Anger:” David criticizes MTV for not playing more videos by black artists.

 

Part 4: Showman

“Starman:” David signs a $17 million deal with EMI, kicking off the collaboration with Let’s Dance.

“The Stars (Are Out Tonight):” The Serious Moonlight tour hits the US Festival.

“Day-In Day-Out:” Kurt Loder assures America about Bowie.

“Sense of Doubt:” Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

“Shake It:” Let’s dance some more.

“Hang Onto Yourself:” David Bowie’s influential older brother Terry Burns commits suicide.

“Beat of Your Drum:” Bowie and Jagger duet on “Dancing in the Street” in support of Live Aid.

“Fascination:” Labyrinth

“Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me:” David co-produces and writes six songs on Iggy Pop’s Blah-Blah-Blah album.

“Come and Buy Me Toys:” Never Let Me Down and The Glass Spider Tour

“You Belong in Rock ‘n’ Roll:” “Tin machine, tin machine…”

 

Part 5: Rock Icon

“Reality:” The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

“Girl Loves Me:” David marries Iman Abdulmajid.

“You’ve Been Around:” Black Tie White Noise

“Dead Man Walking:” Outside

“Breaking Glass:” The Infamous US Tour Following Nine Inch Nails

“Win:” Bowie’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

“Everyone Says ‘Hi:’” David’s 50th Birthday Concert at Madison Square Garden

“Joe the Lion:” David Bowie and the Urban Jungle

“I Can’t Give Everything Away:” Bowie Bonds

“Looking for Satellites:” David launches Bowienet, essentially the first good website by a musician.

“Looking for Water:” ‘hours…’

“I’m Afraid of Americans” The Concert for New York City

 

Part 6: Artist

“I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship:” Heathen

“Boss of Me:” David Bowie turns down a knighthood.

“Where Are We Now?:” Reality

“Fantastic Voyage:” David Bowie performs his last full concert.

“Dancing Out in Space:” Is David’s last public performance a three-song set at a charity event at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York?

“Fame:” The Grammys recognize Bowie, however belatedly.

“Lazarus:” The Next Day

“Golden Years:” David Bowie is opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

“Ashes to Ashes:” David Bowie delivers Blackstar, then dies in New York.

 

Books will be signed by me to you unless you wave your arms wildly and tell me otherwise within like half an hour of ordering. Price including shipping:

US orders, $86.00 US funds

Int’l orders (air mail), $110.00 US funds

Canadian orders, $100.00, Cdn. Funds

 

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