Coming fall 2018 from Coral Press: my novel A Thousand Dances: A Novel of the British Blues Boom! Music, Mods, miniskirts, and mystery: Click here for more about the novel and its setting in the era when the Beatles hit the big time! Read the first chapter of A Thousand Dances! Sign up for email updates. Learn … Continue reading Coming Fall 2018: A THOUSAND DANCES!
It's been the Year of Bowie. Just about a year ago I stood in front of David Bowie and Iman's Manhattan home and thought hey, I should listen to like all of his stuff. And now I've done it - aside from the occasional rough draft, outtake, collaboration, or film appearance, which I'll gladly continue … Continue reading Bowie Crash Course: The Part of Tens
In a 1937 novel, a modest history writer starts nightmaring that pretty much everyone younger than him - including his own wife and baby - are alien plants designed, from the genes on up, to replace normal stodgy humans like himself. After a long paranoid muse, where he takes every sparkling, wondermaking word or action … Continue reading David Bowie Is Star Begotten
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: The Next Day (2013) Prior Level of Acquaintance: High Three-Word Review: angry, precise, defiant So I was trying to listen to Bowie only in order, but I admit that The Next Day was where I turned the morning after November's presidential election. The combination of shouty and defiant - … Continue reading You Call Yourself a Prophet?
My Crash Course for the Ravers hits Bowie's Big Pause. I get a lot of joy out of the film of the Reality concert, and the nice thing is that it looks like Bowie did too. Unlike many of his earlier concerts, where he cultivated an artistically aloof demeanor, here he bounces around the stage … Continue reading Pug Pug Pug Pug
Hurrah for New York City, which David Bowie made his home for many years and which hosts events like last night's gigantic starry tribute to him - albeit in a sticky-floored concrete box crowded like the rush-hour 6. It was worth it. The remarkable artists included but were not limited to (in no particular order) … Continue reading Give Me Your Hands, ‘Cause You’re Wonderful
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: Reality (2003) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: energetic, emphatic, clear Buy New Reality. This was actually what I wrote on my to-do list when I realized that my old CD of Reality had got scratched up and I needed to repurchase the album in digital form. Needless … Continue reading Death-Defying Acts
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: Heathen (2002) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: intense, meditative, gorgeous “The greatest thing/you’ll ever learn/is just to love/and be loved in return,” sings David Bowie in the number that opens Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! Moulin Rouge! is one of those projects you either love or hate. I … Continue reading Toward a Bowie Theology
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: 'hours...' (1999) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: soaring, wistful, pleasant So according to my constant source Nicholas Pegg, some commentators think of 'hours...' as a sort of sequel to Hunky Dory. Talk about your projects that weren't begging for a part II, but that would explain why … Continue reading It’s About Time
Crash Course for the Ravers Album: Earthling (1997) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: new, redeeming, frustrating I’m afraid I can’t help it I’m afraid I can This is how I heard the refrain from ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ when I first listened to it a decade ago while undergoing a root canal. In … Continue reading Earthlings on Fire