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300 vignettes telling the stories of Bowie's encounters with fellow icons, from Dylan to Dali, Lennon to Lydon  Bowie has been written about in just about every conceivable way - but never quite like this.   Tracing the star's encounters with fellow icons, We Could Be offers a new history of Bowie, collecting hundreds of short stories that together paint a portrait of humor, 300 vignettes telling the stories of Bowie's encounters with fellow icons, from Dylan to Dali, Lennon to Lydon  Bowie has been written about in just about every conceivable way - but never quite like this.   Tracing the star's encounters with fellow icons, We Could Be offers a new history of Bowie, collecting hundreds of short stories that together paint a portrait of humor, humility, compassion, tragedy and more.   He embarrasses himself in front of Lennon and Warhol. He saves the life of Nina Simone. He is hated by Bob Dylan. He teaches Michael Jackson the moonwalk. Individually astonishing, these stories build to reveal a new picture of Bowie, one which shows his vulnerability, his sense of humour, his inner diva.   Exhaustively researched from thousands of sources by BBC reporter and Bowie obsessive Tom Hagler, We Could Be is a history of Bowie unlike any you've seen before. Accompanied by integrated black and white photographs and stylish line illustrations, it is a fascinating, comic and compelling read.


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300 vignettes telling the stories of Bowie's encounters with fellow icons, from Dylan to Dali, Lennon to Lydon  Bowie has been written about in just about every conceivable way - but never quite like this.   Tracing the star's encounters with fellow icons, We Could Be offers a new history of Bowie, collecting hundreds of short stories that together paint a portrait of humor, 300 vignettes telling the stories of Bowie's encounters with fellow icons, from Dylan to Dali, Lennon to Lydon  Bowie has been written about in just about every conceivable way - but never quite like this.   Tracing the star's encounters with fellow icons, We Could Be offers a new history of Bowie, collecting hundreds of short stories that together paint a portrait of humor, humility, compassion, tragedy and more.   He embarrasses himself in front of Lennon and Warhol. He saves the life of Nina Simone. He is hated by Bob Dylan. He teaches Michael Jackson the moonwalk. Individually astonishing, these stories build to reveal a new picture of Bowie, one which shows his vulnerability, his sense of humour, his inner diva.   Exhaustively researched from thousands of sources by BBC reporter and Bowie obsessive Tom Hagler, We Could Be is a history of Bowie unlike any you've seen before. Accompanied by integrated black and white photographs and stylish line illustrations, it is a fascinating, comic and compelling read.

32 review for We Could Be... Bowie and His Heroes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Well, here I am 24 hours later, and I've devoted a full day to this book and Bowie's music, coming out the other side with zero regrets. I can't objectively rate it as it was more of a personal life experience than sitting with a book: David's been such an integral part of my life that reading this was a cross between nostalgic reminiscence and therapeutic catharsis. I can only rate it 5✴, but that's really not a very reliable indicator for you. The format is relatively short anecdotes, arranged Well, here I am 24 hours later, and I've devoted a full day to this book and Bowie's music, coming out the other side with zero regrets. I can't objectively rate it as it was more of a personal life experience than sitting with a book: David's been such an integral part of my life that reading this was a cross between nostalgic reminiscence and therapeutic catharsis. I can only rate it 5✴, but that's really not a very reliable indicator for you. The format is relatively short anecdotes, arranged in a chronological sequence, which Hagler has collected from other books and assorted media, and which Visconti has obligingly fact-checked and corrected. Initially, it feels shallow and disposable, but it starts to cohere the more you read, like looking close-up at a mosaic and gradually stepping back to resolve a portrait made of individual tiles. David's flaws aren't glossed over, and his humanity shines through, despite the last chapter of celebrity fan anecdotes getting rather gushy, breathless and elegiac (obviously, mea culpa), but by this time the spectacle of his life and public persona was overawing for just about anybody who'd grown up in a world in which he existed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

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    Amy Johnston

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stargazer

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maria Honeycombe

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    Darrien C.

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    Aria

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    Maddieturner

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  11. 4 out of 5

    Britt Aamodt

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emrys

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

  14. 4 out of 5

    Clyde Macalister

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    Søren Boje

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mairéad

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Gard

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

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    Fer Smith

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Wright

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nick Hall

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    Evan

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    Jessica

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    Lewis Simpson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wiktoria Ziemann

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sean Pearson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emilio

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nin

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alec Downie

  31. 4 out of 5

    Solem

  32. 5 out of 5

    Chris Maughan

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