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Bowie A-Z
Bowie A-Z: The Life of an Icon from Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust | Steve Wide, Libby Vanderploeg
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A celebration of the unparalleled impact of cultural icon David Bowie. This decidedly not-for-kids illustrated A-Z, celebrates the many faces and facets of David Bowie. From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, Bowie A-Z is densely packed with everything you need to know about the rock legend - from the greatest hits of trivia to the most obscure B-side facts. Bowie's extraordinary cultural significance was highlighted by the worldwide outpouring of love following his tragic passing in January 2016. A huge influential source to many in the fields of music, art and fashion, David Bowie towers as a cultural figure of the twentieth (and into the twenty-first) century. Celebrate his enormous life in this fun, pop-cultural book.
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Bookwomble
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The author's shocking indictment of the Australian education system notwithstanding, I loved this book. It's not deep and meaningful, being an alphabetically arranged series of factoids, but it is colourful and vibrant, thanks to Libby VanderPloeg's gorgeous illustrations. While I've seen this in stores shelved with children's books, references to Bowie's drug taking and sex life mean it's definitely not suitable for young readers.

CarolynM I'm intrigued. How does the Australian education system come up in a book of factoids about David Bowie? 3mo
Bookwomble @CarolynM The author is Australian, and has a weak grasp on elementary astronomy and 20th Century wartime history. I 'blurbed' about a couple of gaffs he made that set my teeth on edge 😬 I'm probably being grossly judgemental! 😁 3mo
CarolynM I hadn't seen your earlier blurbs. I agree he's ignorant. What is wrong with the editors - is there no basic fact checking anymore? I hope the next book by an Australian that you read changes your view about our education.🙂 3mo
Bookwomble @CarolynM Poor editing,too, you're right. Doubtless their teachers would be appalled, too 😄 3mo
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"The American V-2 rocket..."

Gaghhh! ???

#booksandbowie #badhistory

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"The Bowie constellation is near Mars..."

I can't even...! ???

#booksandbowie #badscience

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sfgretch
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This is such a fun and fascinating book, and it would be a perfect gift for any music lover. just the best!