David Bowie, Prince career exploration books detailed

Both will be available this fall

New books that explore the musical careers of David Bowie and Prince are coming this fall from Octopus Publishing.

David Bowie Rainbowman 1967-1980 by Jérôme Soligny is a meticulously detailed history of the moments that shaped Bowie’s musical career told by the people who were actually “in the room” with him. The book publishes September 13th – the year of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, which is also be celebrated with a 50th anniversary reissue.

This uniquely exhaustive work on Bowie’s 1967-1980 albums draws on over 150 extensive interviews with some of the most significant people in Bowie’s life – the musicians, producers and friends who knew Bowie best. They include Ken Scott, Hermione Farthingale, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, George Underwood, Mick Ronson, Carlos Alomar, Trevor Bolder, Mike Garson, Woody Woodmansey and many, many others.

With a foreword by Tony Visconti, an introduction by Mike Garson, cover photo by Mick Rock and iconic cover design by Barnbrook. The book was originally released in French in 2019.

A new, definitive look at one of music’s greatest songbooks by one of music’s most significant artists, Prince, is coming October 11th. Prince: All the Songs is the most in-depth exploration of the Purple One’s songs ever written and will be available in a hardcover edition.

Spanning nearly 50 years of albums, EPs, B-sides, and more, read the full story behind all the songs that Prince ever released. Moving chronologically through his epic back catalogue, expert author Benoît Clerc analyses everything there is to know about each song and session.

No stone is left unturned across nearly 650 pages, illustrated with incredible photography throughout. From the inspiration behind the lyrics and melody to the recording process and even the musicians and producers who worked on each track, uncover the stories behind the music in this truly definitive book – a must-have for every Prince fan.

Buddy Iahn
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