By Wendy Leigh

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the skinny White Duke. Gender Bender. insurgent. Songwriter. model Icon. Rock God. probably the most influential artistic artists of his iteration, David Bowie morphed from one glittering incarnation to the following over the process 5 decades—an enduring star who remained eternally enigmatic and continuously prior to his time. observe the guy at the back of the parable during this intimate and in-depth biography—featuring a full-color sixteen-page photograph insert.

David Bowie passed on to the great beyond after an eighteen-month conflict with melanoma on January 10, 2016. Few knew of his disease, and Bowie perfectly orchestrated his final see you later with the discharge of his ultimate (and a few say top) album, Blackstar, that includes the haunting tune “Lazarus,” and its accompanying video, a farewell message to his thousands of fanatics. all through his iconic profession that incorporated such hits as “Let’s Dance,” “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Modern Love,” and “Life on Mars,” Bowie controlled to hold his Hollywood big name mystique.

Through in-depth interviews with those that knew him top, New York Times bestselling writer Wendy Leigh finds the guy in the back of Bowie’s myriad images—up to and together with his function as stay-at-home dad, fortunately monogamous in his quarter-of-a-century-plus marriage to twiglet Iman. during this “sizzling” (Radar Online) new biography, Leigh brings clean insights to Bowie’s battles with dependancy; his insatiable intercourse life—from self-avowed homosexual to bisexual to resolutely heterosexual—and numerous conquests; his youth in a working-class London local and the troubling kin affects that fueled his relentless pursuit of luck; and masses extra. This exploration of an artist loved through such a lot of unearths the guy on the middle of the mythos.

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It felt fake and posed. “We have been assorted ends of the spectrum, men sitting by means of history—one’s luck within the pop tune box mostly in the back of him, the other’s mostly in entrance of him. He used to be very enthusiastic over the subsequent album he had popping out [Diamond canine] and the entire traveling he will be doing to advertise it. ” To Cassidy, the assumption of traveling used to be anathema, and there has been no method he used to be approximately to make the album that David had recommended after which advertise on journey. yet in accordance with Cassidy, David felt very another way. “He quite craved the entire mass adulation that I’d had sufficient of. my very own tackle him was once: I don’t are looking to be the place you’re headed. Been there. performed it. thank you. “He performed me a number of songs that he’d written, and that Lou Reed had written, for the album he sought after me to do. I simply didn’t imagine they have been fascinating enough,” Cassidy acknowledged. that very same 12 months, David’s motion picture agent, Maggie Abbott, flew to long island to speak to him a couple of movie venture she had came across for him, the fellow Who Fell to Earth. Her recommendation that he famous person in a film was once now not the 1st he’d acquired. He had set his points of interest on Hollywood, yet had still grew to become down Elizabeth Taylor’s provide for him to seem in her motion picture The Blue poultry. “She stated, ‘Read this and make it with me. Be my top man,’ ” David remembered. “I was once so excited while she passed it to me and that i battle through it and it was once totally lousy. ” “She was once a pleasant girl and all, whether I didn’t get a lot of an opportunity to get to grasp her. She did inform me I reminded her of James Dean—that endeared me to her—but her script was once so . . . boring,” David stated to Cameron Crowe later on. thankfully, Elizabeth didn’t take offense at his refusal, as they'd already began what the French might name une amitié amoureuse, an amorous friendship. Photographer Terry O’Neill, who knew Elizabeth good, had initially made the advent at her request, and a gathering among her and David used to be arrange on the Beverly Hills domestic of director George Cukor. “Elizabeth had a name for being past due, however it was once Bowie who arrived 3 and a part hours after the agreed time. It used to be the peak of his cocaine dependancy. Elizabeth used to be so offended she nearly left,” O’Neill remembered. yet, via a few miracle, she didn't, and through David’s few weeks in la, he and Elizabeth grew to become rapid buddies, and every morning whilst she awakened, she normally known as David at his lodge, the Beverly Wilshire, simply to chat approximately make-up, hair, Hollywood, her marriages, her health problems, whereas he often listened in silence, similar to a geisha. At one element, he went as much as her apartment. “Everything there has been faux, and while he opened the rest room door, the deal with got here off in his hand,” Tony Zanetta remembered. again on the inn, David nonetheless controlled to stay away from Ava Cherry and pattern a range of the crowds of groupies who always stalked him at any place he went. Groupie Lori Lightning misplaced her virginity to David and informed the story to Pamela des Barres, who said it in her publication I’m With The Band.

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