Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie

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St. Martin's Press, 3 de jan de 2017 - 304 páginas
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In January 2016, the unexpected death of David Bowie rocked the globe. For millions of people, he was an icon celebrated for his music, his film and theatrical roles, and his trendsetting influence on fashion and gender norms. But no one from her inner circle has told the story of how David Jones—a young folksinger, dancer, and aspiring mime—became one of the most influential artists of our time.

Drummer Woody Woodmansey is the last surviving member of Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars which helped launch his Ziggy Stardust persona and made David Bowie a sensation.

In this first memoir to follow Bowie’s passing, Spider from Mars reveals what it was like to be at the white-hot center of a star’s self-creation. With never-before-told stories and never-before-seen photographs, Woodmansey offers details of the album sessions for The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Aladdin Sane: the four albums that made Bowie a cult figure. And, as fame beckoned by eventually consumed Bowie, Woodmansey recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and rock ‘n’ roll excess that eventually drove the band apart.

A vivid and unique evocation of a transformative musical era and the enigmatic, visionary musician at the center of it, with a foreword by legendary music producer Tony Visconti and an afterword from Def Leppard's Joe Elliot, Spider from Mars is for everyone who values David Bowie, by one of the people who knew him best.

" ... those interested in rock history won’t want to miss this slice of music history." - Publishers Weekly

 

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Michael Woodmanssey was the drummer who worked and played with David Bowie for four years in The Spiders from Mars band. The memoir begin with boys playing kick the ball in a field. Who would have ... Ler resenha completa

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Rocker in Waiting
1
Ratted Out
23
All the Madmen
45
Oh You Pretty Things
75
Hang On To Yourself
107
Starman
121
Let Yourself Go
151
It Aint Easy
171
Watch That Man
203
So Where Were the Spiders?
225
Holy Days
257
Afterword by Joe Elliott 287
287
Select Discography
289
Acknowledgements
291
Index
293
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Michael "Woody" Woodmansey was the drummer for David Bowie's The Spiders from Mars from 1969-1973 on the hit albums The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. Born in Driffield, Yorkshire, in 1951, he is the last surviving member of The Spiders from Mars. He continues to play with his band Holy Holy and lives in London.

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