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ukheir
(mortal with potential)
05/09/02 03:14 PM
Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true?  

I just read David Buckleys at least seemingly authoritative Bowie biography "Strange Fascination, the definitive story". I'd like to hear what you guys think, if you've read it. I think it's well worth reading (unlike Backstage Passes, by Angela Bowie). But I miss more details around the tours in the 90s, and the making of Suburbia and 1. Outside. And do you think Bowie has become such a greedy cold fish as Buckley insinuates?

The European cannon is here

Earthling7
(grinning soul)
05/10/02 06:41 PM
Re: Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true? new [re: ukheir]  

Is Dave a real greedy one? Well, if he isn't, he has a funny way of showing it.

"What did David Bowie ever do for me anyway?" Karl Marx, Perestroika, Ransom House, 1827

RabbitFighter
(wild eyed peoploid)
05/11/02 06:32 AM
Re: Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true? new [re: ukheir]  

I haven`t read it myself but from what i`ve heard it`s pretty close to the actual truth, whatever the truth might be. For less accurate but quite hilarious Bowie experience I would recommend Alias David Bowie.



Sysiyo
(acolyte)
05/11/02 10:25 AM
Re: Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true? new [re: ukheir]  

In reply to:

But I miss more details around the tours in the 90s, and the making of Suburbia and 1. Outside.


I'm with you here, I think he used too much commentary of the musicians to tell about Outside, BoS and the tours. Here he's only telling us one side olf the story, so to speak, thus delivering an imperfect picture.

In reply to:

And do you think Bowie has become such a greedy cold fish as Buckley insinuates?


This is just my personal opinion, but here goes: As you probably know, the last chaoter that you are referring to was anew one, written after the publication of the first edition, and more importantly, after the "clash" between Buckley and Bowie. I think Buckley's own negative experiences with Bowie resultet in the tone of the last chapter.

I dread to think of when the wind blows

Cisite
(crash course raver)
05/11/02 10:44 AM
Re: Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true? new [re: ukheir]  

Christopher Sandford's Loving the Alien biography is also seems to focus rather a lot on the negative elements of Bowie;s personality and tries to paint him as a bit ruthless.

"Why can't people go through life without comparing their own to anyone elses?"

jonasf
(kook)
05/12/02 02:51 PM
Re: Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true? new [re: Sysiyo]  

What's this "clash" between Buckley and Bowie???

I found Buckley's book a disappointment after all the good critisism by e.g. Dara. It's very similar to most of the Bowie books that are quite interesting up to 1976 or so. After that there seem to be more difficult to do research and that shows in the result. The only really good book on Bowie is The complete David Bowie by Nicholas Pegg.

/jf


I was always looking left and right!

ukheir
(mortal with potential)
05/12/02 05:09 PM
Re: Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true? new [re: Sysiyo]  

That was my feeling to, and in the preface Buckley uses over two pages to elaborate the details of this clash.

The European cannon is here

ukheir
(mortal with potential)
05/12/02 05:14 PM
Re: Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true? new [re: jonasf]  

I don't know if you've read the updated edition from 2001. "The clash" is Bowies decline at the elleventh hour to authorize the biography, which would have made the book the first authorized Bowie biography, as far as I know. It all turned into a bit of a fax fight between Virgin Publishing and the Bowie camp.

The European cannon is here

notworthasking
(grinning soul)
05/12/02 07:27 PM
Re: Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true? new [re: Cisite]  

I havent read strange fascination--however I agree that Loving the Alien seemed to paint a negative picture of bowie, plus it seemed more "gossipy." I read Living on the Brink last summer and actually enjoyed it because it had specific info about the management and money deals. Also, I just liked how it was written. I don't know how accurate it is...

but

"...Christopher Sandford's Loving the Alien biography is also seems to focus rather a lot on the negative elements of Bowie;s personality and tries to paint him as a bit ruthless."

Maybe he is?

-monica





nymphet
(wild eyed peoploid)
05/12/02 09:47 PM
Re: Strange Fascination, by D. Buckley, is it true? new [re: notworthasking]  

Anyone read "Bowie"? I don't know who it's by, but it only went up to 1983; when it was published. I thought it was pretty accurate. Although, who knows what is accurate... I guess we should probably meet him.

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