The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley

The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley

Joined: July 24th, 2008, 8:22 pm

July 31st, 2016, 6:03 pm #1

Who's reading it?

What do you think?
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Joined: March 11th, 2007, 3:38 pm

July 31st, 2016, 7:16 pm #2

I'm gonna wait till it hits the bargain bins. I did flip through it for half an hour and I liked the bits I read . . .
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Joined: January 5th, 2008, 1:08 am

July 31st, 2016, 7:32 pm #3

Who's reading it?

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Listened to the the Mouth podcast with him talking about it:

https://themouthmagazine.com/2016/07/23/paul-morley/

Obviously, Morley can be pretentious at times but entertaining all the same. He was after all the man behind the Frankie goes to Hollywood/ZTT campaign.
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Joined: August 6th, 2005, 9:17 am

August 1st, 2016, 9:14 am #4

Who's reading it?

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Heard him talking about his book on BBC radio 6 this morning
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Joined: January 12th, 2016, 12:27 pm

August 2nd, 2016, 9:23 pm #5

Who's reading it?

What do you think?
I've never been a fan of his "talking head" appearances on those "Best ever" type shows, as somebody else has said he can come across arrogant. And for that reason "I'm out" lol.

I'd rather wait for Mr. Peggs update.
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Joined: November 20th, 2005, 6:00 pm

August 3rd, 2016, 8:16 am #6

I've finally found the time to listen to Morley on Mouthcast and I do agree with him that db didn't actually die on Jan 10th but David Jones did. I mean I often think from my own perspective that db has died several times over, the main versions for me being Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane back in the early 70s, then the Soul Boy, European Cannon etc, later on and so on.

What did die on Jan 10th was the human catalyst that provided brand new David Bowie information and directions to the world. David Bowie the artist and now I suppose myth will now only grow bigger and still be very much alive, influencing from within his body of work that has already been given to us. It's going to be a strange experience being a David Bowie fan from now on, an experience whereby as fans we are going to have to mutate ourselves into different directions with regards our interests and lives, on our own terms by referencing what David Bowie has already given us.

Strange eh? db did actually die several times over, continued to live, then his human being did actually die, only for David Bowie to spiritually live forever. What an odd situation to be in and feel but facinating all the same.

I don't agree with the shows host who said Heathen could be regarded as being better than Young Americans! WTF! the guy needs to give himself a bloody good shake. Pfffft

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Joined: April 20th, 2012, 9:49 am

August 3rd, 2016, 9:19 am #7

Morley is a genuinely abysmal writer and I won't be financing his ever-increasing girth and chins
by forking out for this cash-in.
On the other hand, Morley did once shag Siouxsie in mid-interview, so fair do's!
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Joined: December 23rd, 2013, 4:58 pm

August 3rd, 2016, 2:52 pm #8

I've listened to these daily broadcasts and tbh I feel like there's nothing new. I find him painfully boring to listen to. I won't be buying this.

It's a cash in
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 10:11 pm

February 27th, 2017, 5:41 pm #9

Just a quick heads up - as expected, there were stacks of these in a The Works shop I went in today, in London's stylish Stratford. I'd imagine there's lots in their other branches too.

£2 a go in hardback.
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Joined: January 12th, 2016, 12:27 pm

February 27th, 2017, 5:54 pm #10

All well and good alligator but you can get a coffee and a pasty from Greggs for £2. Save your money folks.
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Joined: December 23rd, 2013, 4:58 pm

February 27th, 2017, 6:24 pm #11

i wouldn't even accept a copy if I was paid.
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February 27th, 2017, 8:44 pm #12

Years ago, I would have jumped at the chance for any Bowie book for £2.

I even surprised myself at how little I was interested in buying it! I didn't even pick one up, just thought to myself '£2, yeah I thought that wouldn't take long. '
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February 27th, 2017, 9:11 pm #13

Is Paul Morley any relation to Adrian Morley?
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Joined: April 20th, 2012, 9:49 am

February 28th, 2017, 12:22 pm #14

This will probably be a lot more about Morley than Bowie...
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Joined: September 14th, 2007, 8:06 pm

February 28th, 2017, 4:40 pm #15

Ha! Morley? LESSley more like!!
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February 28th, 2017, 10:51 pm #16

I remember passing him as he was (presumably) typing some of this up, when he was in the V&A in 2013. That was a bit of a weird thing to do. I guess he wanted to get into the Bowie mindset. I'd have advised doing what Will Brooker did and visiting some of the places where he lived instead. Brixton, Bromley, Beckenham, London, LA, Berlin, etc...

http://www.davidbowie.com/news/exclusiv ... book-51586
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Joined: October 7th, 2004, 2:51 pm

March 1st, 2017, 2:22 am #17

Saw it in the Works and left it on the shelf.
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Joined: March 11th, 2007, 3:38 pm

March 1st, 2017, 6:49 am #18

I got it out of the library and waded through it all. It is awful.
He writes sentences like :

And then Bowie is morphing, warping and turning back on himself in a blaze, a dazzling collision of worlds, places, situations that morph and transform us, changing, altering, modifying, varying, converting, and revising so we all coalesce into one morphing Bowie world of infinite galaxies and possibilities; a heavenly transmutation that he is genesis to always.



I kid you not - check it out, there are 471 pages to digest . . .
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Joined: June 14th, 2004, 9:06 am

March 1st, 2017, 9:39 am #19

Most pretentious book I have ever read.
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Joined: January 25th, 2011, 4:08 pm

March 1st, 2017, 4:12 pm #20

Verbiage Daydream

Poor Mr. Morley,
destined to think
lets change/alter/modify
squander good ink!

***


We were his galaxy.
He was our king.
Selling the spandex, he
taught us to sing.
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Joined: April 20th, 2014, 4:04 pm

March 1st, 2017, 5:43 pm #21

Bargain bin bollocks !
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March 1st, 2017, 5:58 pm #22

I got it out of the library and waded through it all. It is awful.
He writes sentences like :

And then Bowie is morphing, warping and turning back on himself in a blaze, a dazzling collision of worlds, places, situations that morph and transform us, changing, altering, modifying, varying, converting, and revising so we all coalesce into one morphing Bowie world of infinite galaxies and possibilities; a heavenly transmutation that he is genesis to always.



I kid you not - check it out, there are 471 pages to digest . . .
He read that bit out on Radio4 and I complained to the BBC about standards. I asked the controller of Radio4, I asked Tony Hall and I mailed Alan Yentob to explain what Morley means.

Tony Hall replied: 'I have no idea to be frank'

I never had a reply from the controller of Radio4 or Yentob. I took that as an admissiion that Morley's efforts are a shit-cake.

I then asked Ester Rantzen and Anna Soubry(my MP).

Ester said 'I wouldn't buy a book based on a confusing passage like that'.My local MP replied 'I've never heard of Paul Morley'

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Joined: January 31st, 2013, 5:28 am

March 1st, 2017, 6:06 pm #23

I wouldn't want to diagram those sentences
Gerunds, present participles...
ING
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Joined: September 14th, 2007, 8:06 pm

March 1st, 2017, 9:25 pm #24

Single best post I've seen for a while Ena. A hearty chortle. 5/5

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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 5:21 pm

March 1st, 2017, 10:32 pm #25

Bring Me the Grammar Puss

A pox on Paul Morley,
Sad Lord of the Ings
driving patience and gerunds
To actionless things.

sorry
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