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As a huge Bowie fan, there was not much I didn’t already know about the man, but after listening to this author’s Freddy Mercury bio, I was interested to hear her first hand perspective on Bowie. The book starts off well, with the author painting herself as a lucky fan girl who got to experience the rise of Ziggy, but then it starts to delve into lurid tabloid gossip, presenting every rumor about his supposed affairs as fact while leaving out the details of his recordings and inspirational process. Comments about his personal assistant get progressively more and more aggressive and she includes quotes detailing the size of Bowie’s genitalia and the authenticity of his marriage to Iman, but very little about his actual musical impact and creative projects. They say we all have our own Bowie, and the author seems to be bitter to have lost her idea of Bowie to the slick, serious, peaceful musician he became later in life. The narrator does a decent job of varying accents to portray those being interviewed, but a lot of misspoken song titles (saying TVC Fifteen instead of TVC One Five) betray a lack of knowledge about the subject matter by both the narrator and the director. In all, not a biography I would recommend for a seriously Bowie fan.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book is a very interesting read (or listen). As a Bowie fan for over 35 years I am always interested hearing new perspectives. Much of the information comes from people very close to Bowie; most of them interviewed after his death. The author also knew Bowie and interviewed him on many occasions. There are some fascinating stories in the book. One of the stories in the book was on the subject of his paralyzed pupil; I won't spoil it here, but it was a real surprise considering most Bowie fans thought they knew the story of how it occurred (be prepared for a shock). Another revelation revolves around John Lennon's murder and Bowie's location at the time; he was not involved in the murder but his involvement in the story was also a surprise to me.
I would like to see a Bowie biography as comprehensive as "Tune In" (about The Beatles) which is probably being worked on, however this is the best Bowie biography published since his death. Overall it is very well written.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
Difficult to start with, but made an interesting listen and was a different perspective. Well told
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Seemed to be more about the author's. opinions and thoughts rather than any in depth insight into the life of David.
David was extra special, maybe my expectations. may have been set too high for the book.
Would you try another book written by Lesley-Ann Jones or narrated by Lesley-Ann Jones and Gina Murray ?
What was most disappointing about Lesley-Ann Jones’s story?
I wanted to hear about David Bowie's life, not the author's life.
Too many times she reverted to her own life, i get you that she knew David, but seriously, do i give a damn about your pregnancy? Damn, ive had so many books downloaded from this site, and of the 40 odd books, this one is the only dud
How could the performance have been better?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hero?
Loved getting an insight into the life of this musical genius. Great read - well done!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful