David Bowie Is... by Victoria Broackes

David Bowie Is...

David Bowie’s career as a pioneering artist spanned nearly 50 years and brought him international acclaim. He continues to be cited as a major influence on contemporary artists and designers working across the creative arts.   This book, published to accompany the blockbuster international exhibition launched at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, is the only volume that grants access to Bowie’s personal archive of performance costumes, e...

Details David Bowie Is...

TitleDavid Bowie Is...
Release DateApr 16th, 2013
PublisherVictoria & Albert Museum
GenreMusic, Nonfiction, Art, Biography, Photography

Reviews David Bowie Is...

  • Christopher
    I can only imagine that this book is the next best thing to actually attending the V&A Bowie Is exhibition, because the love and attention given to this book is nothing short of a religious experience for Bowie fans. I found myself getting misty-eyed as I flipped through the first fifty or so pages of this gorgeous book, mostly because every bit of it - the photographs, the items, the layout design, the "Bowie Is" phrasing concept - feels complet...
  • Adriana Scarpin
    Guardado entre os meus livros-xodó a partir de hoje, esta edição tem um trabalho visual riquíssimo em fotos, além de ensaios que abordam o papel de Bowie na música, na moda, nas artes, no cinema, na fotografia, além da questão de gênero e fecha com chave de ouro numa mesa redonda de Mark Kermode, Christopher Frayling e Philip Hoare. Não creio que esse trabalho seja apenas indispensável para os fãs de Bowie, mas também para os aprecia...
  • l.
    "Will Ziggy, like King Arthur, now remain sleeping forever or will he/she return to save mystic Albion from its enemies? Or will the 'Heroes' be found on the other sides by then? Is Major Tom still drifting? Or has he refocused and reconnected with others to overthrow the London of global capitalism?" - typically cringeworthy paragraph from the section by the curator of the V&A exhibit"The background blankness is encroaching like a freezing cryog...
  • Tosh
    I can't get enough books on David Bowie. This is the official catalog to the Victoria and Albert Museum's retrospective of David Bowie's presence in our culture. The text is good, specifically the one by Jon Savage who tackles the early years of Mr. Bowie, but the real star of the book are the visuals. Detailed photographs of his stage clothing, his notebooks with original hand written lyrics and his storyboards for his videos and film ideas. In ...
  • Tobin Elliott
    Well, isn't this year starting off well? Third 5-star rating in a row!This is easily the best book on Bowie I've read. The pictures are wonderful, but more importantly, this feels like the first book that truly examines Bowie's impact on the world. In depth sections on his impact to music, to art, to performance, to fashion, to photography.Exceptional.David Bowie is... absolutely worth the read.
  • Petergiaquinta
    "More idols than realities."--David Bowie "Up the Hill Backwards"Just Walking the Dead...Music to listen to while reading the review: David Bowie's "Where Are We Now?Confession #1: I did not read all the words in this very big, beautiful book.Confession #2: I had plenty of time to read all of them ten times over because this book is more than a year and a half overdue from the library. I have never done anything like this before, and the libraria...
  • Steven Pilling
    Its a catalogue for the V&A show if we are hones.You could never read the articles (which are a mixed bag) but the pictures and the choice of material means its a fantastic reminder of the show and almost makes up for missing the show.Coffee table book yes but a very very good coffee table book
  • Joel
    Since I can't go actually see the exhibit, this is second best! Great pictures and narration in here!
  • Pustulio
    CH U L A D A
  • Javier Avilés
    El mes que viene a la exposición en Barcelona. Larga vida, Bowie.
  • Gail
    I had the good fortune to attend the David Bowie Is exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and I picked this book up to take a little piece of the experience home with me. Turns out it's a lot more than that. A really thorough, thoughtful collection of images and thoughts to commemorate the wonderful life and artistry of one of my favorites. Heaven.
  • Laurent
    Knap vormgegeven weergave van de rondreizende expo die startte in V&A en die ik zelf onlangs zag in het Groninger Museum. Een tiental essays schetsen een waarachtig en uitgebreid beeld van het popicoon Bowie. Prachtige foto's, zeer veel info en gedetailleerde, uitvoerige noten. De fans kunnen hier hun hart ophalen.
  • Amanda
    Having seen the exhibition and read the book - if you don't get to see the exhibition buy the book. It's wonderful and informative, a truly wonderful piece written by people passionate about Bowie. Just buying the book and opening it was a treat but reading it- awesome. A truly memorable book
  • Margaret Galbraith
    Being a massive Bowie fan I bought this a couple of years ago and began reading it again after his death in January. It is very large, heavy and expensive book but if you are a fan it is a must for your collection. It's one you can go back to again and again! RIP David.
  • Abigail
  • Tankboy
    Worth every penny. The prose grows purple but the images are priceless.
  • Dana
    It's about David Bowie -- need I say more
  • Angelo
  • Nicoletta - Mrs Hats
    La mostra “David Bowie Is” è stata inaugurata a Londra nel 2013, e da allora è itinerante per il mondo. Nel frattempo il 10 gennaio 2016 David Bowie è morto e da maggio a novembre la mostra è approdata al Mambo di Bologna.E', a onor del vero e al di là del grado di ammirazione per l'artista, una mostra progettata e allestita benissimo. Se proprio vogliamo dirla tutta forse sono state esplorate poco le altre attitudini del musicista, sopr...
  • Gary Fowles
    I was lucky enough to catch the Bowie Is exhibition in Berlin after missing out on its London run. It was every bit as good as I'd wanted it to be, and I really wanted it to be stunning. This book is the perfect memento of those few hours I spent wandering around gawping at various pieces of BOWIEMEMORABILIA. More than just being a collection of images of the items on display it also contains some superb writing by various people. There are a few...
  • Shelly
    Picked this up from the library as is shone out at me.Not knowing mych about Bowie, this was really interesting. This is the official catalog to the Victoria and Albert Museum's David Bowie Is exhabition.The text was too smal for me to read, but a picture paints a thousand words, and as an art book, it is eye opening.
  • Marisol García
    Un libro convencional para una expo que no lo es. Me decepcionó que no hubiese más vías de entrada, y más orden en la explicación entre referencias (que son dos de los puntos fuertes de la expo).
  • Jay Key
    A coffee table book if there ever was one! The world misses Bowie every day...but this is a good reminder of his artistic and cultural impact on mankind.
  • John Patrick
    Fantastic accompaniment to a stunning exhibition.
  • Michelle
    I love this book so much
  • Beth Rowell
    The essays were incredibly tedious and dull. And all the pictures/artifacts from this book are online. It's perhaps worth a flick through for stylistic appreciation, but I certainly wouldn't buy the book.
  • Hayley
    A sometimes fascinating, sometimes maddenly overwritten account of David Bowie's contribution to modern culture. The photography and art work is stunning. But the writing...not so much.
  • Lucie Jane Miller
    This book is a must for any Bowie fan. It is a huge, beautifully designed book that accompanies the "David Bowie Is." Exhibition which began in the Victoria and Albert museum in London and then toured the world (including Melbourne where I couldn't travel to see it due to work and money restraints). It includes all of the costumes, photographs, original hand-written notebooks and lyrics by the man and also drawings and sketches he created for mus...
  • Nicole
    Read November 20143.5 starsThe photo’s are really great, I loved seeing the original lyrics, drawings, costumes, promotional & on stage photo’s etc. It’s a gorgeous book. The text wasn’t that great though.. I bought it mostly for the photo’s so I wasn’t really disappointed, but I had hoped to learn a bit more about David Bowie, his music & life. I haven’t read everything, just some parts here and there when something caught my atten...