David Bowie Is

David Bowie Is


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David Bowie Is: Inside

by Victoria Broackes

If ever a man affected the way his world looked and thought, it was David Bowie. He was a one-man zeitgeist, an edgy commentator on the crazy world around him and an inspirational contributor to the avant garde.

The V&A in London curated the highly acclaimed exhibition David Bowie Is. It became the most visited exhibition in the museum’s history and from its opening in 2013, travelled internationally, finally closing in New York in 2018. During this time, there were over two million visitors. For those of us who missed the exhibition, this book is an eye-opening consolation; for those who saw it, a brilliant record.

For the exhibition, the V&A was allowed unprecedented access to Bowie’s personal archive and as a result, offered astounding, close-up insight into his fifty-year career. Essays from the V&A’s curators are accompanied by input from other notable experts (for example Howard Goodall on musicology). More than three hundred images span Bowie’s life from early south London family snaps to performance pictures, hand-written lyric sheets, make-up stills and album shots. Most poignant perhaps are the outlandish tour costumes – the stunning quilted body suit from Ziggy Stardust, the black vinyl body suit from Aladdin Sane or the ‘Blue Clown’ jump suit from the Ashes to Ashes video.

David Bowie spoke for a generation. As Director of the V&A Martin Wroth wrote 'he left an indelible stamp on the look, the style, the sound and the attitude of his time’. This book is a perfect souvenir of his life.


Extent: 320 pp

Illustrations: Full colour

ISBN -10 8416665621, ISBN - 978 8416665624