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The Golden Years: David Bowie
by Roger Griffin
448 pages
Overlook-Omnibus
Release Date: December 20, 2016

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David Bowie’s death on January 10, 2016 stunned the music world just as Prince’s death three months later would. With a career that spanned more than a half-century his impact was enormous. Australian music historian and graphic designer Roger Griffin has authored a curiously creative book that examines Bowie’s life in detail during the 1970s (his “Golden Years”).

Prior to its release (today) in the U.S. this book was published overseas, including in Australia and the U.K. Because it has not yet been widely reviewed we will be adding relevant third-party reviews as they become available.

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From the publisher:

“The Golden Years: David Bowie chronicles Bowie’s creative life during the 1970s, a decade that defined his career. This deep dive looks at the superstar’s life and work in a year-by-year, month-by-month, day-by-day format, placing his works in their historical, personal and creative contexts.

The Golden Years accounts for every live performance: when and where and who played with him. It details every known recording: session details, who played in the studio, who produced the song, and when and how it was released. It covers every collaboration, including production and guest appearances.
This stunning collector’s item also highlights Bowie’s film, stage, and television appearances: Bowie brought his theatrical training into every performance and created a new form of rock spectacle. The book follows Bowie on his journeys across the countries that fired his imagination and inspired his greatest work, and includes a detailed illustrated discography documenting every Bowie recording during this period, including tracks he left in the vault. Many of these ended up on reissues and compilations, which are covered comprehensively.
Beautifully designed and featuring photographs and ephemera from Bowie’s 1970s career, The Golden Years is an invaluable addition to the shelves of any true Bowie fan. You may not be able to travel back in time to experience (or re-experience) the Bowie phenomenon, but this gorgeous book is the next best thing.
ROGER GRIFFIN is a graphic designer, artist, and music researcher.”
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