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Did You Hear? Under Pressure

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New music! Sometimes old music. Music that we love!

As part of our series “America This is Quite Serious,” a song with some good things to remember in days like these:

…Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
Why can’t we give love give love give love give love
Give love give love give love give love give love
‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the (People on streets) edge of the night
And loves (People on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves…

Plus, just a really goddam great song.

-Michael Moats

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Floating in a Most’a Peculiar Way

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“I think about a world to come / Where the books were found by the golden ones / Written in pain, written in awe / By a puzzled man who questioned / What we were here for…”

You’ve no doubt heard — David Bowie passed away last night after fighting cancer. He was 69 years old.

In response, Twitter has reminded us that Bowie was a serious book lover. Geoffrey Marsh, who curated an Art Gallery of Ontario exhibit on Bowie a few years back said Bowie was “‘a voracious reader’ who is reputed to read as much as ‘a book a day.'”

So we want to say goodbye the best way we know how: by talking books. Here is a list at Brain Pickings of Bowie’s 75 favorite books, and an article at Open Book Toronto that expands the list to 100. There is lots here that you would probably expect — Orwell’s 1984 and Nabokov’s Lolita — as well as a few interesting choices like The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Hitchens’ The Trial of Henry Kissinger 

These are the recommendations on books from Bowie. Any recommendations from readers out there on the best of the more than 60 books that have come out about Bowie? Here’s one we liked.

-Michael Moats

 

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Did You Hear? Quicksand (Demo)

New music! Sometimes old music. Music that we love!

We all know Bowie. Icon Bowiethat bowieandrogynous Bowiecrooner Bowieteethy Bowiegross-stop-it Bowie, and yes, even… this Bowie. Dude knows how to craft a persona.

Something about this horribly recorded demo track off the B-side of “Hunky Dory” really strips all of that down for me, and reveals a guy focused on writing a kick-ass song. Still weird of course, but the song comes before all those extra layers.

– Brook Reeder

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Is David Bowie Literature?

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The answer, judging by Simon Jacobs’ new book Saturn, is most certainly yes. With a tiny bit of authorial nudging, Ziggy Stardust the literary hero lights up the page as brightly as the rocker did the stage.

Given Bowie’s showy antics and multiple personalities, you might expect a chapbook filled entirely with stories about “David Bowie” to depart on long, fantastic tangents, sending its protagonist into even-more-unbelievable territory. But Jacobs shrewdly does the opposite. He seems to have researched the entire corpus of Bowiana (cited in the acknowledgements: “the many editions of The Complete David Bowie”) and condensed it into a single bookmark, studded with bibliographic notes, that accompanies the book and offers scholarly proof of its accuracy. So when Jacobs writes, in “David Bowie in a Baconian Nightmare” that “He can no longer tell his screaming face from the background,” you may rest assured that he probably found evidence of some such moment in the historical record, and he adapted it to suit his writerly aims. The same goes for Jacobs’ longer stories. This is from “David Bowie Takes a Commercial Space Flight”: Continue reading

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