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Sunday, July 24, 2011

"David Bowie: Starman" by Paul Trynka

Two words, David Bowie. And its two words that i say to myself for the past 40 years or so. I wouldn't say I was obsessive about the man and his work, but for sure a fan. And I don't think he's a genius. I think he is a highly motivated hard worker who had to study his craft to become what he had become. Which, of course, is a great pop star - and an incredible singer. But also a wow gee songwriter. In other words he has the whole package. 
The theater world, the black american music world, the gay world, and of course the pure showbiz of it all that is one thing that separates Bowie from other rock artists - his love and respect for showbiz. He may grown to hate it, but he will never deny its special power over himself and his audience. 
My favorite part of the Bowie story is his young years trying to break into the pop music world. And he tried for at least 12 years before the Ziggy Stardust thing happened. No overnight success story here, but just a lot of hard work and hustling. And speaking of hustling, this bio really shines on the gay British pop music world of the early 60's. Bowie knew who was spreading the butter - and he played up to the expectations of that world. 
There are a lot of good books on Bowie and there will be more. But this is an exceptionally good biography on the man, and one still after reading it, wants to know more. And that is why he's a star.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dan Zukovic's "DARK ARC", a bizarre modern noir dark comedy called "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different..." in Film Threat, was recently released on DVD through Vanguard Cinema (http://vanguardcinema.com/darkarc/darkarc.htm), and is currently debuting on Cable Video On Demand. The film had it's world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival and it's US premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival. Featuring Sarah Strange ("White Noise"), Kurt Max Runte ("X-Men", "Battlestar Gallactica") and Dan Zukovic (director and star of the cult comedy "The Last Big Thing"). Featuring the Glam/|Punk tunes "Dark Fruition", "Ire and Angst" and "F.ByronFitzBaudelaire".

*****! (Five Stars) "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different...something you've never tasted before..." Film Threat
"A black comedy about a very strange love triangle!" Seattle Times
"Consistently stunning images...a bizarre blend of art, sex and opium, "Dark Arc" plays like a candy-coloured version of David Lynch." IFC News
"Sarah Strange is as decadent as Angelina Jolie thinks she is...don't see this movie sober!" Metroactive Movies
"Equal parts Film Noir intrigue, pop culture send-up, brain teaser and visual feast." American Cinematheque