Spider from Mars : my life with Bowie

by Woodmansey, Mick,

Format: Print Book 2017
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Summary

In January 2016, the unexpected death of David Bowie rocked the globe. For millions of people, he was an icon celebrated for his music, his film and theatrical roles, and his trendsetting influence on fashion and gender norms. But no one from her inner circle has told the story of how David Jones--a young folksinger, dancer, and aspiring mime--became one of the most influential artists of our time.

Drummer Woody Woodmansey is the last surviving member of Bowie's band The Spiders from Mars which helped launch his Ziggy Stardust persona and made David Bowie a sensation.

In this first memoir to follow Bowie's passing, Spider from Mars reveals what it was like to be at the white-hot center of a star's self-creation. With never-before-told stories and never-before-seen photographs, Woodmansey offers details of the album sessions for The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Aladdin Sane : the four albums that made Bowie a cult figure. And, as fame beckoned by eventually consumed Bowie, Woodmansey recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and rock 'n' roll excess that eventually drove the band apart.

A vivid and unique evocation of a transformative musical era and the enigmatic, visionary musician at the center of it, with a foreword by legendary music producer Tony Visconti and an afterword from Def Leppard's Joe Elliot, Spider from Mars is for everyone who values David Bowie, by one of the people who knew him best.

" ... those interested in rock history won't want to miss this slice of music history." - Publishers Weekly

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When a young drummer from the north of England with the unlikely name Woody Woodmansey was offered the chance to join a band in London, he knew it was a risky move to give up a good job and a reliable future for an uncertain life as a working musician. The leader of the band was a polite, sophisticated, and remarkably self-assured young man by the name of David Bowie. Despite his doubts, Woodmansey said yes, and with that, his life changed. Woodmansey played on numerous iconic Bowie albums, including The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. He recalls the early touring days when Bowie (briefly) appeared very anxious, but renown and adulation quickly surged, and Woodmansey struggled to stay grounded. The more popular Bowie and the Spiders became, the more the preoccupied singer disengaged from his band mates. An engaging if sometimes downbeat behind-the-scenes look at an early phase in the life of one of rock's most triumphant figures.--Sawyers, June Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Woodmansey, the last surviving member of the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie's backing band in the early 1970s, gives readers an insider's look at Bowie. In 1970, Woodmansey left a quiet life in rural England for London to pursue his then-unheard-of dream of being a professional drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. Although the primary focus of Woodmansey's narrative is his time with Bowie, recording the Ziggy Stardust album as well as Hunky Dory and The Man Who Sold the World, he spends substantial time on his work with other musicians (including Art Garfunkel) and bands (such as U-Boat). Of course, most readers will come for the juicy Bowie details, and won't be disappointed: Woodmansey has plenty of stories to tell about the band's home in London, a Victorian house called Haddon Hall; the Triton recording studios; and Bowie's infamous breakup with the band. Casual fans may find the telling a bit dry, but those interested in rock history won't want to miss this slice of music history. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Woodmansey, Mick.
Bowie, David.
Spiders from Mars (Musical group)
Drummers (Musicians) -- England -- Biography.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2017
Edition First U.S. edition.
Contributors McIver, Joel, author.
Language English
Description xvi, 302 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes discography (pages 289-290) and index.
ISBN 9781250117618
1250117615
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