Tuesday 20 March 2018

Ground Control to Limerick town: UL academics pen Bowie book

David Bowie in 1973
David Bowie in 1973
The cover of ‘David Bowie: Critical Perspectives'
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

A book of essays on the career of Starman David Bowie, edited by academics at the University of Limerick, has hit book shelves.

David Bowie: Critical Perspectives contains 18 essays analysing Bowie's work as a singer, actor and occasional mime artist with a forward by Gavin Friday.

Academics Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin J Power were encouraged to piece the book together following the success of the University of Limerick's 2012 David Bowie conference 'Strange Fascination?'.

They have enlisted the help of several international Bowie scholars including biographer Dr David Buckley, Professor Shelton Waldrep - who has closely studied Bowie's "self-invention" and Dr Nick Stevenson. The book provides new details on the making of his 1980 ground-breaking video for the song 'Ashes to Ashes', his trilogy of Berlin albums and attempts to explain David Bowie fandom.

The book will also focus on Bowie's film career; he famously starred as Jareth the Goblin King in the 1986 Jim Henson's film 'Labyrinth'.

Dr Devereux believes the book will appeal to both academics and Bowie fans.

"Bowie is truly an iconic figure," he said. "Our book examines in detail one of the most complex figures within the history of popular music... and attempts to unpick what David Bowie is all about."

Irish Independent

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