Thursday, August 20, 2015

Becoming David Bowie

Inside Higher Ed
August 20th, 2015


Will Brooker is studying David Bowie by trying to live like him for a year.
A fan since he was a teenager, the professor of film and cultural studies at Kingston University has been commissioned to write a monograph about the singer. A number of false starts led to his “drawing up lists about what Bowie engaged with culturally. That was my entry point. I am trying to understand his state of mind by immersing myself in his life.”
Proceeding chronologically through decades of Bowie’s career from the late 1960s, Brooker has visited Brixton, Bromley and Beckenham and plans to go to Berlin next month. He is reading William Burroughs, Aleister Crowley, Michael Morcock and Friedrich Nietzsche. And he is listening to what Bowie would have heard in different eras (and no music that has been created since).

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