The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s

The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s - Peter Doggett Peter Doggett's "The Man Who Sold The World" is a musicological examination of what the author calls David Bowie's "long 1970s": the period from 1964-1980.Doggett looks at every song individually, then the context of each album and even the films in which Bowie appeared during the time. In discussing the complexities (and sometimes the simplicities) of each song from a scholarly perspective, he demonstrates Bowie's versatility and challenges as an artist. Not everything Bowie did hit the mark as a chart-topper, but he was wildly experimental.I have been a Bowie fan for more than 30 years, and this book gave me an addiitonal appreciation for both Bowie's bandmates and his vocals. Per Doggett, many of Bowie's songs were composed on the piano or saxophone, resulting in intervals that were almost impossible to match on guitar. Furthermore, many of his compositions required 1- or 2-octave vocal leaps. Bowie's upper register has been gone for awhile due to a variety of abuses, so it's particularly interesting to read about the modes and keys that were employed in his younger days.The casual Bowie fan may not find much to enjoy here, but musicians and avid admirers will find the detailed examination of each piece fascinating.(Review based on uncorrected advance proof.)