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By Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley first encountered David Bowie within the early seventies, whilst the singer seemed on Britain’s most-watched song exhibit, most sensible of the Pops. His functionality of “Starman” mesmerized Critchley: it used to be “so sexual, so realizing, so strange.” days later Critchley’s mum received a duplicate of the one; she loved either the track and the performer’s shiny orange hair (she had formerly been a hairdresser). The seed of a lifelong love affair was once therefore planted within the brain of her son, elderly 12.

In this concise and fascinating expedition throughout the songs of 1 of the world’s maximum pop stars, Critchley, whose writings on philosophy have garnered common compliment, melds own narratives of the way Bowie lit up his uninteresting lifestyles in southern England’s suburbs with philosophical forays into the way in which thoughts of authenticity and id are became within out in Bowie’s paintings. the result's approximately as provocative and mind-expanding because the artist it portrays.

"The strongest and provocative thinker now writing …" —Cornel West

"Critchley lovingly reveals profoundly deep cuts from each Bowie period in a brief sharp booklet invaluable of its topic. Miraculously doubles up as an advent to philosophy." —Gruff Rhys, member of large hairy Animals

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The heavily retrospective and slightly reflective, deep, somber, but still witty. The media claustrophobic Hours . . from 1999, which was declared it a post-9/11 Bowie. I was more skep- widely marketed as a kind of Summa of Bowie’s tical. Heathen was quickly followed by Reality in work that claimed to revisit each key moment in 2003. These albums form a kind of pair, released his development (it didn’t), was a disappointment in speedy succession, to the detriment of Reality, for me, although “Survive” and “Thursday’s Child” a really underrated album and the better of the are really quite wonderful songs.

In fact, we can reinvent our- poreal truth. As he sings in “Quicksand,” selves because our identities are so fragile and inauthentic. Just as Bowie seemingly reinvented Don’t believe in yourself himself without limits, he allowed us to believe Don’t deceive with belief. that our own capacity for changes was limitless. Of course, there are limits—profound limits, mortal To push this a little further, perhaps music at its limits—in reshaping who we are. But somehow, in most theatrical, extravagant, and absurd is also listening to his songs—even now—one hears an the truest music.

Too many snags. mighty MC5, combined with the proto-ambient sound spaces of Terry Riley and Fripp & Eno. At We followed Bowie from illusion to illusion. , in him only intensified. Can, Tangerine Dream, Popul Vuh, Amon Düül II, as well as the strangely monumental French In February 1976, I stole a secondhand copy band, Magma. of Station to Station from David’s (no relation) Bookshop in Letchworth Garden City. I I remember walking into John Menzies newsagents was nearly sixteen and felt that something was in Letchworth late one afternoon in January 1977 beginning to change in both Bowie and myself.

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