Publication Date: 8 June 2000
Over 11,000 copies sold in hardback
David Bowie is about to enter his fifth decade of making music. Thirty years on from his first hit single, Space Oddity, he remains the most influential rock star from the post-Woodstock generation. His is a story of amazing creativity, of huge, showboating theatricality, and of an almost pathological quest to remain relevant and at pop's cutting edge.
Strange Fascination chronicles Bowie's career in exhaustive and spectacular detail. Unlike previous Bowie books, Strange Fascination focuses on Bowie's extensive musical output. Interviews with collaborators such as long-time guitarist Carlos Alomar and producer Tony Visconti reveal the processes behind some of the most celebrated pop of the last fifty years. By examining Bowie's ability for re-inventing both his music and his image, author David Buckley emerges with the most detailed and accurate assessment of Bowie's incredible survival.
With exclusive photographic material, an unrivalled degree of access to the main players, and a genuine enchantment with Bowie, Strange Fascination is the most complete picture of this rock idol that has ever been written.
As a critique-cum-re-establishment of the David Bowie character, definitive is pretty much it. The Guardian
Strange Fascination is the last word on David Bowie; a unique and peerless biography. Not since Ian MacDonalds Beatles study, Revolution In The Head, has a rock superstar been placed under such unflinching and intensive scrutiny. It has been fully updated to include the latest details from the Bowie camp, including the shock departure of long-time collaborator Reeves Gabrels and Bowies headline appearance at Net Aid.
About the author
In 1993 David Buckley was awarded a doctorate from the Institute of Popular Music at Liverpool University (his birth town) for his thesis on David Bowie. He is the author of The Complete Guide to the Music of David Bowie, which was repackaged at Bowie's request as part of the media pack accompanying the star's 1997 album Earthling. He lives in Munich with his family.