Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke. Gender Bender. Rebel. Songwriter. Fashion Icon. Rock God. One of the most influential creative artists of his generation, David Bowie morphed from one glittering incarnation to the next over the course of five decades—an enduring superstar who remained endlessly enigmatic and always ahead of his time. Discover the man behind the myth in this intimate and in-depth biography—featuring a full-color sixteen-page photo insert.
David Bowie passed away after an eighteen-month battle with cancer on January 10, 2016. Few knew of his illness, and Bowie flawlessly orchestrated his last goodbye with the release of his final (and some say best) album, Blackstar, featuring the haunting song “Lazarus,” and its accompanying video, a farewell message to his millions of fans. Throughout his iconic career that included such hits as “Let’s Dance,” “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Modern Love,” and “Life on Mars,” Bowie managed to retain his Hollywood star mystique.
Through in-depth interviews with those who knew him best, New York Times bestselling author Wendy Leigh reveals the man behind Bowie’s myriad images—up to and including his role as stay-at-home dad, happily monogamous in his quarter-of-a-century-plus marriage to supermodel Iman. In this “sizzling” (Radar Online) new biography, Leigh brings fresh insights to Bowie’s battles with addiction; his insatiable sex life—from self-avowed gay to bisexual to resolutely heterosexual—and countless conquests; his childhood in a working-class London neighborhood and the troubling family influences that fueled his relentless pursuit of success; and much more. This exploration of an artist beloved by so many reveals the man at the center of the mythos.
This surprisingly brief biography charts the life and times of the glam rock, theatrical, and sexual icon David Bowie. Readers follow the prolific artist from humble beginnings in England through his rise to fame, fall into drug addiction, and later recovery. Leigh (Prince Charming) has made a career of exploring the sex lives of the rich and famous, and shares Bowie's litany of sexual exploits, some based in fact and others in rumor and innuendo. There's certainly enough material to appeal to the voyeur in anyone, but Leigh is so determined to chronicle Bowie's every dalliance that she loses sight of almost everything else. Constant jumps in time confuse the casual fan and no time is spent on the actual development of Bowie's classic records, keeping Leigh's book brief but insubstantial. The result is a life told through the lens of a gossip magazine, with plenty of insight into Bowie's relationships but not enough into his artistry. Leigh's aim to write "the biography" falls dismally short of the mark.