Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Wendy Leigh

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2014

Duration: 8 hours 5 minutes


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 has morphed from one glittering incarnation to the next over the course of nearly five decades. Through in-depth interviews with music industry insiders, business associates, close friends, and lovers both male and female, Wendy Leigh tells the full, unexpurgated truth about the enigma that is David Bowie. She paints a riveting portrait of his star-crossed childhood and his family: an emotionally distant mother, a father ambitious for his success, and, above all, a brother who spent most of his life in a mental institution. Haunted by fears of succumbing to his brother’s illness, the young David’s relentless pursuit of success in the music business was fueled and facilitated by his uninhibited and voracious sexual appetite. Exploring Bowie’s adventurous sex life—which ran the gamut from self-avowed gay to bisexual to resolutely heterosexual—Leigh details his conquests, among them Susan Sarandon; Tina Turner; Marianne Faithfull; Nina Simone; male business associates; countless groupies and more. She brings fresh insights to Bowie’s battles with addiction; his tempestuous first marriage to Angie Bowie; his forty-year bond with his formidable personal assistant, Coco Schwab; his ambivalent relationship with Mick Jagger; and, of course, his monogamous quarter-of-a-century-plus marriage to supermodel Iman, heralding the latest and most startling stage of David Bowie’s kaleidoscopic journey. Frank, provocative, and uncompromising, Bowie recounts the sweeping saga of the charismatic young Brixton boy who became one of the most enduring superstars of all time.



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