David Bowie and Philosophy: Rebel, Rebel

David Bowie and Philosophy Rebel Rebel The philosophically rich David Bowie is an artist of wide and continuing influence The theatrical antics of Bowie ushered in a new rock aesthetic but there is much to Bowie than mere spectacle The vi

  • Title: David Bowie and Philosophy: Rebel, Rebel
  • Author: Theodore G Ammon
  • ISBN: 9780812699210
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • The philosophically rich David Bowie is an artist of wide and continuing influence The theatrical antics of Bowie ushered in a new rock aesthetic, but there is much to Bowie than mere spectacle The visual belies the increasing depths of his concerns, even at his lowest personal moments We never know what lies in store in a Bowie song, for there is no point in his nThe philosophically rich David Bowie is an artist of wide and continuing influence The theatrical antics of Bowie ushered in a new rock aesthetic, but there is much to Bowie than mere spectacle The visual belies the increasing depths of his concerns, even at his lowest personal moments We never know what lies in store in a Bowie song, for there is no point in his nearly 30 albums at which one can say, That s typical Bowie Who else has combined techno and hard rock, switched to RB love songs with accompanying gospel to funk to jazz rock fusion and back again Among the topics explored in David Bowie and Philosophy are the nature of Bowie as an institution and a cult Bowie s work in many platforms, including movies and TV Bowie s spanning of low and high art his relation to Andy Warhol the influence of Buddhism and Kabuki theater the recurring theme of Bowie as a space alien the dystopian element in Bowie s thinking the role of fashion in Bowie s creativity the aesthetics of theatrical rock and glam rock and Bowie s public identification with bisexuality and his influence within the LGBTQ community.

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    1. This collection of essays was a lot of fun to read. It does take for granted that you have some knowledge of Bowie's back catalogue. But if you are unfamiliar with some of the songs referenced then it is easy to listen to them these days. The thing that I came away from this book thinking was that I was happy that Bowie never spent ages commenting on his own work, and in some cases remained an enigma to the end. It is fun watching various thinkers take on his work and attempt to shape it to the [...]

    2. I'm a sucker for this whole line, as I point out every time I finished one of these. A collection of essays on philosophy relating back to a figure or piece of pop culture, with every essay based on the central figure/piece.That figure being Bowie, in this case, with essays on identity, morality and the fundamental nature of art. I read this while listening to old Bowie records, and the effect was very immersive. The essays were interesting, the music was tremendous, and the overall effect was e [...]

    3. This really is an in-depth look at David Bowie and his life through both music and mind. I'm not sure Bowie would enjoy the critique and cynicism, although Bowie himself was a cynic of all things modern. Bowie is seen as fake, although he worked very hard at everything he did, but he will be forever known as creating a new genre of music; I like to call Bowie-ism, basically it is just a collection of works that seems to change for no specific reason.

    4. **This book was reviewed for the San Francisco and Seattle Book Reviews**Rebel, Rebel is another great addition to the pop culture and philosophy series, this time focusing on music legend David Bowie. I grew up listening to Bowie's music of the 70s, which my parents enjoyed. Then, of course, there was Labyrinth, which ranks third among my most favourite childhood movies. Just recently, my family and I saw Labyrinth in the theatre for its 30th year anniversary, introducing it to a whole new gene [...]

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