As the anniversaries of David Bowie's birth (January 8th) and death (January 10th) approach us one again, this year you will be able to appreciate the artist a little more with the newly published book "Bowie: The Illustrated Story." This new hardcover book tells you the complete story of David Bowie's life, authored by Pat Gilbert.
The first couple chapters deliver the background story into Bowie's upbringing and some of his early bands like The Kon-rads and The King Bees. The pictures are just beautiful to look at as you flip through this book, but Gilbert does an amazing job telling us the story of the artist known as David Bowie, using quotes from other artists and even Bowie himself.
The third chapter takes up a good 20-pages and covers Bowie's rise to superstardom with "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars." From that point on, as you continue reading the story of Bowie's life, you will never look at it the same as he embraces each turn in his career, becoming the "Man Who Fell To Earth" and then "Thin White Duke." The book also covers Bowie's acting career, which actually surprised me the most as he appeared in a number of films including "Labyrinth." "Just A Gigolo" and "The Hunger."
Pat Gilbert also touches upon Bowie's time as a member of Tin Machine, as the last chapter glances over the last 20 years of his life as Bowie made one of the most remarkable comebacks in music, before leaving us one final time. I wish more insight was given to his final years, but Bowie was in seclusion for close to ten years, before producing two of the most amazing albums in his entire catalog.
The 224-page hardcover book is filled with hundreds of B&W/color photographs and promo shots as you are simply in awe as to the life and career of David Bowie. To find out more about the newly published book "Bowie: The Illustrated Story," please visit quartoknows.com.