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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Leigh Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781491545805
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Discover the man behind the myth in this new biography of one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time—David Bowie.

David Bowie—the iconic superstar of rock, fashion, art, design, and the quintessential sexual liberator—is a living legend. However, for the past five decades, he has managed to retain his Hollywood star mystique. Now, New York Times bestselling author Wendy Leigh reveals the real man behind the mythology. Through scores of interviews with Bowie’s lovers (both male and female), his girlfriends, business associates, groupies, and band members, Leigh, who grew up just a mile from where Bowie was born and went to school, has written an intimate biography of rock’s greatest enigma.

In an unexpurgated exploration of Bowie’s kaleidoscopic personal life, she reveals his star-crossed inheritance—his mother was once an acolyte of the British Fascist party; his father, the PR genius who masterminded his early career—in a dramatic contrast to those family members grappling with mental illness, fears that would haunt Bowie for most of his life.

Above all, there is Bowie’s hard-won rise to fame and fortune, his astounding creativity, his courage as a performer, and his shape-shifting style, coupled with a ruthless ambition that caused him to submit to the casting couch on his way to the top. In the process, Leigh tells of Bowie’s strong bond with John Lennon, his love/hate relationship with Mick Jagger, his male sexual partners, and his women, as disparate as Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Tina Turner, Marianne Faithful, Nina Simone, and most notable, his marriage to Iman, which has lasted for the past quarter of a century.

This biography is a once-in-a-lifetime look at the iconic superstar who changed the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This surprisingly brief biography…is a life told through the lens of a gossip magazine, with plenty of insight into Bowie’s relationships.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Paradoxically, David Bowie is simultaneously one of the world’s most recognizable rock stars and one of the hardest to pin down, both owing to his low-profile private life and his famous ability to reinvent his public persona. This makes for a daunting task for any biographer, and compromises in perspective or tone seem to come with the territory. In this case, Leigh keeps the focus squarely on the personal details of Bowie’s life…It’s a polished page-turner that will certainly find a receptive audience. Verdict: A balanced, entertaining portrait of a true entertainment icon. Not the ‘definitive’ Bowie history but still recommended for most contemporary music collections and fans of Life-and-Loves-of-X-style biographies.”

    Library Journal

  • “Simon Vance’s stately British voice keeps pace with the narrative while rendering a vision of an artist who, despite his transatlantic success, is quintessentially British…Vance achieves what few narrators do, and that is to evoke the actual mannerisms of his subject. Backed up by hundreds of interviews with those who were actually there, this bio resonates with journalistic integrity, enhanced by Vance’s serious tone.”


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About the Author

Wendy Leigh is the four-time New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Prince Charming, The J.F.K. Jr. Story, The Secret Letters of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy, and the coauthor of Life with My Sister Madonna, Jeannie Out of the Bottle, and Shirley Jones: A Memoir. Wendy divides her time between London, New York, and Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.