With On Bowie Rolling Stone scribe Rob Sheffield dissects the lasting cultural impact of the Thin White Duke on popular cultural while also examining the seismic legacy left behind for his fans.
Although David Bowie has been gone over 2 years, for his die-hard fans and critics his passing is still a crushingly sorrowful event. Included in that group is Rob Sheffield, a writer for Rolling Stone and Author of the acclaimed Love Is A Mix Tape. Sheffield has penned a book filled with equal measures of circumspection and abundant affection. The result is part love letter part rumination on the power of Bowie’s legacy.
Briskly paced, it sheds the skin of a regular biography in favor of going with his, delivering a read filled with passion and melancholy, giving readers a compelling examination of why Bowie matters as a cultural icon even after his death.
Writing from the angle of a music fan more than a critic, the book, which also features a trove of photographs, also explores Bowie’s innovation and evolution as an artist and how this helped form a unique relationship with his fans.