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Sheffield has the words to describe the feeling you get when you listen to music. On Bowie is indeed a love letter to an iconic artist.
I loved Bowie since I first heard him on the radio, on cassettes, and watched him in labyrinth. There was something about him that made you take notice and feel like something important was happening. Rob Sheffield took that feeling and wove it beautifully with a history of Bowie's life and even managed to highlight Bowie's most prominent collaborators as well as his own experiences.
It was as heartfelt as his other books, yet stands on its own as part of the epic story of David Bowie. This book helped me feel a little less alone in a world without Bowie.
On Bowie is, just as the author mentions, a love letter... One of those that makes us cry tears of joy, of sadness, and of the love that remains for that, which we have apparently lost...
This is how it made me feel.
Then, I remembered and relived moments that went from my childhood and seemed to stop today, but, that just as Bowie, through his music and his whole Bowieness will continue to live forever in many different ways.
As a forever Bowie fan and follower, I am deeply grateful for this love letter. I have already read it twice and will soon embark on the third time, because it is not only David Bowie who is portrayed here, but rather, a little bit of each of us who grew with him and got courageous to be who and what we are today.
Thank you, Rob Sheffield for your brilliant and heartfelt account of his life.