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).