Bowie In Berlin: A New Career In A New Town

Bowie In Berlin A New Career In A New Town Driven to the brink of madness by cocaine overwork marital strife and a paranoid obsession with the occult Bowie fled Los Angeles in and ended up in Berlin the divided city on the frontline

  • Title: Bowie In Berlin: A New Career In A New Town
  • Author: Thomas Jerome Seabrook
  • ISBN: 9781906002084
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • Driven to the brink of madness by cocaine, overwork, marital strife, and a paranoid obsession with the occult, Bowie fled Los Angeles in 1975 and ended up in Berlin, the divided city on the frontline between communist East and capitalist West There he sought anonymity, taking an apartment in a run down district with his sometime collaborator Iggy Pop, another refugee fromDriven to the brink of madness by cocaine, overwork, marital strife, and a paranoid obsession with the occult, Bowie fled Los Angeles in 1975 and ended up in Berlin, the divided city on the frontline between communist East and capitalist West There he sought anonymity, taking an apartment in a run down district with his sometime collaborator Iggy Pop, another refugee from drugs and debauchery, while they explored the city and its notorious nightlife In this intensely creative period, Bowie put together three classic albums Low, Heroes , and Lodger with collaborators who included Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, and Tony Visconti He also found time to produce two albums for Iggy Pop The Idiot and Lust For Life and to take a leading role in a movie, the ill starred Just A Gigolo Bowie In Berlin examines that period and those records, exploring Bowie s fascination with the city, unearthing his sources of inspiration, detailing his working methods, and teasing out the elusive meanings of the songs Painstakingly researched and vividly written, the book casts new light on the most creative and influential era in David Bowie s career.

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  • Thomas Jerome Seabrook

    Thomas Jerome Seabrook is a writer and editor, based in Leigh on Sea, England His first book was Bowie in Berlin He has previously contributed to the Faber Companion To 20th Century Popular Music Faber Faber.

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  • This chronicle of the Bowie, Eno and Visconti (and, okay, Iggy) Berlin triptych was difficult to read on account of it having been the last music book a best friend was reading before he died. It took me almost a year to finally find it. Unfortunately, it contains so little original info as to render it superfluous; in any case, there are much better places to start for those uninitiated with Bowie’s work. The dismissal of “TVC15,” “Be My Wife,” “Moss Garden,” and “Move On” as [...]


  • Thomas Jerome Seabrook did a good job in organizing information from other sources - and a lot of it is from the Tony Visconti memoir (reviewed earlier somewhere down the list) and news articles and interviews. I think most Bowie geeks (and I am one) love what they call the Berlin years - which is roughly Station to Station to The Lodger. And Berlin is actually more of a mind-frame than place. 'Heroes' is the only album that was written and made in Berlin - the other albums were done in France, [...]


  • Fascinating and engrossing, and very easy to read for someone who is new to Bowie and new to a lot of the musical/recording technology terms used. The book provides an incredibly well-researched look into what is widely referred to as the most influential period of Bowie's career. Songs I had heard from either "Low", "Heroes", or "Lodger", which I didn't necessarily /like/, I appreciate so much more: I understand what he was trying to do, and on re-listening to the songs, I can hear and comprehe [...]


  • Jonkin verran minulle uuttakin tietoa Bowien ja Iggyn Berliinin kauden hommista. Suht seikkaperäisiä kuvauksia biisinteosta, äänityksistä ja tuotannollisista yksityiskohdista.


  • Un buon approfondimento del periodo berlinese (ma non solo), la genesi dei tre album Low, Heroes e Lodger, gli album di Iggy, il rapporto con i musicisti, con Visconti ed Eno. Ben approfondito e completo, con una analisi di ognuno dei tre album canzone per canzone, una ricca appendice. Un po' più frettoloso e carente l'ultimo capitolo riguardante il "dopo" Lodger (per ovvi motivi), non era necessario




  • I'm confused why this book is titled New Music Night and Day: Bowie in Berlin on when my copy is titled Bowie in Berlin: A New Career in a New Town, which is also what has the book titled as (and I think it's a better title, since these albums really were the beginning of a new musical career). Kinda strange, but not a big deal; while the title might be different, it's still the same book. And a great book, too.The book concentrates on Bowie's career from 1975-79, beginning with his cocaine-fu [...]


  • I really enjoyed Bowie In Berlin – in fact, this is the second time I've read the book since first buying it in 2005.It is well written and accurately researched. It is common for this kind of music biography to end up as an obvious mish-mash of quotes from interviews and other biographies and articles, but you'd almost forget that this was the case here.Despite its title though, this book does not solely focus on David Bowie's so-called "Berlin era". It starts off in 1975 with Bowie having co [...]


  • This is pure self-indulgence on my part (not a cheap book, but frivolous reading for sure). It was okay. The four stars are for content, not style or originality, because I'm obsessed with Bowie's Berlin albums and his style during that period. And with both the German expressionist art Bowie loves, and with the kosmiche music groups he was listening to, and with the post-punk bands that modeled themselves on the sound of the Berlin trilogy albums that he and Brian Eno recorded from 76-79.So ple [...]


  • This, from Simon Critchley, with regard to his new book on Bowie:"My aim in Bowie is very simple: to try and find concepts that do justice to Bowie's art in ways that are neither music journalism, dime store psychology, biography or crappy social history. I still don't think we have a language that gives the huge importance of pop culture its due, that describes and dignifies it in the right way. For me, and for many many millions of others, the world first opened as a set of possibilities throu [...]


  • You're pushing your luck with a book-length study of this character—one senses Bowie is a rather closed-off workaholic, not to mention a rather crass curator of his franchise—but Seabrook concentrates on the heady days of 1975-79, and it is a fairly grand story. Bowie escapes from Bel Air, where he lived on a diet of cocaine and milkshakes, to a tax-exile's existence in Switzerland and France and, finally, to an apartment over a Berlin auto-parts store, and somehow creates not only Low and " [...]


  • I first read about this book being in the pipeline months ago and as an avid Bowie fan of course I just had to have it!As Bowie books go it is pretty good. It covers the period from 1975 through to 1979 in the main. A time when Mr Bowie reached the height of his cocaine addiction and extreme paranoia. It also covers his time living in Berlin with Iggy Pop, both of them trying to clean themselves up. There is some intersting stuff about the making of the movie 'The Man Who Fell To Earth"But for m [...]


  • This one almost got three stars, the descriptions of the music were a bit much. The production was certainly groundbreaking at the time but the descriptions of the music were so over the top I had to come listen to the berlin era bowie mid-read and make sure there wasn't something I missed. Apparently putting an eventide harmonizer on a snare drum was a revolutionary idea and it made the snare sound huge, by 1977 standards. But the book redeemed itself with giving up the references and the work [...]


  • I'm an avid reader of music related books and whilst biographies have their place they often strike an uneasy balance between describing the life and the art. As such, books which focus on one either in whole or in part can be of greater value.This is one such book which describes the path to Bowie's Berlin Trilogy of albums (Low, "Heroes" and Lodger) which have been, and remain, immensely influential both for the music itself and the way it was constructed. It also includes Iggy Pop's albums Th [...]


  • An interesting and informative accounting of David Bowie's time in the mid-1970's recording albums with Iggy Pop and Brian Eno, in particular the groundbreaking and weird-as-hell Low (1976). The book starts with a drunken car crash, an incident which was shortly thereafter plundered for song lyrics. That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the volume.This is a fascinating biographical sliver covering a few years of Bowie's career (basically from the completion of Station to Station in '76 [...]


  • Having already read a full bio on Mr. Bowie's life I wanted to explore the Berlin era in particular. This book was very informative on how several albums during the period of 1976-1979 came about and what the influences were on several songs. Sometimes the narrative is a little technical with presenting facts but it is also a bio so I'll give it some credit for not having Susanna Clarke style prose. I really liked the breakdown of each song from the era. Reading the book made me want to check ou [...]


  • There is something that I have to make very clear about this book, it's for big fans of David Bowie. This particular book takes you to the time when David was heavily using drugs, just before he recorded Station To Station and took part in film Man Who Fell To the Earth. The books start around this time. It's a very specific topic about David's music that took him to famous Berlin era. Which I love. So If ou wanna know the whole icon of David Bowie, you will not learn it here. But if you want to [...]


  • Provides illumination for readers who think they may already know the story. The details of the recording of all albums covered here are covered as well in Pegg's "The Complete David Bowie", but Seabrook finds a new spin to give on this period of Bowie and even Iggy's career. Ultimately satisfying and inspirational, with valuable insight into the process and techniques Bowie developed recording these LP's. I gained a new appreciation for songs from this period I was lukewarm about. And the songs [...]


  • Una lettura abbastanza interessante. Molto belle le parti sulle registrazioni in studio ed anche sulle attività "collaterali" di Bowie del periodo, come la recitazione e la partecipazione a Pierino e il lupo. Avrei voluto che si soffermasse di più su Lodger, analizzando ogni traccia come per gli altri due album, e che contenesse i testi delle canzoni del periodo, magari tradotti. Poteva essere più ricco di dettagli anche sulle (relativamente poche) esibizioni live del periodo, ma non mi lamen [...]


  • The Thin White Duke in all his glory albeit shambolic at times. A great look into the mind of a musical chameleon and how he wrote/co-wrote 3 seminal albums: Low, Heroes, and Lodger. And this on the heals of the great station to station. A move away from drug abuse, not that far mind you :) and returning to Europe helped form these albums and this book takes a look into his dealings with Iggy Pop and his Lust for Life and The Idiot albums which Bowie wrote and produced to meeting Eno and Viscont [...]


  • I've read quite a few Bowie books, and a lot of them a pretty good job. I bought book over spring break and devoured it over the course of two days for two very important reasons: one is that it is expertly written and researched. Two, it is a book that contains the exact information that the reader wants to know. A lot of Bowie books, or music books for that matter, contain too much filler information that isn't really interesting or relevant to the music being made. This book was interesting, [...]


  • An excellent book on David Bowie's 'Berlin years', covering the making of three of his own albums (Low, "Heroes" and Lodger) and two of Iggy Pop's (The Idiot and Lust for Life). In doing so Seabrook paints an interesting picture of Bowie's transition from his earlier drug infused music - particularly that of Station to Station - to these revolutionary albums. Seabrook brings in great depth of understanding without dragging this book on - keeping me interested through the entire reading. For anyo [...]


  • This is better than the 33 1/3 book on Low - pretty much the same info plus more. There's also a detailed song-by-song breakdown of everything on The Idiot, Low, "Heroes," and Lust for Life. It's really great if you're interested in the production and the role Brian Eno played in the making of the records. There's also some great, insane stories about the debauchery Bowie and Iggy were getting into at the time that makes you wonder how ANYTHING, let alone something as great as Low, ever got on t [...]


  • I enjoyed this book. Thomas Jerome Seabrook manages to give the reader all the information and analysis of David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy albums "Low", "Heroes" and "Lodger". It was a crucial point in time for the artist leaving the cocaine filled city of Los Angeles and finding refuge in West Berlin, a city enclosed by the Wall. There he found the environment he needed to experiment in new directions and complete three groundbreaking albums. I would have liked it more if the author gave more em [...]


  • What a great topic. What a shiite book. After the opening anecdote of Bowie and Iggy tracking down a drug dealer and crashing his car, I had incredibly high hope for some insight about this incredible period in Bowie's life (pregnant setting, great art, incredible co-conspirators, personal evolution). Instead, what you get is a crappy rock-crit survey, with a few decent Eno and Bowie quotes scattered throughout. BOOOOO!


  • Very interesting to read this detailed analysis of Bowie's work between 1976 and 1979, especially while listening to those albums. The title is a little deceptive because the book focuses on the creative process and production of the albums at the expense of Bowie's actual life in Berlin. Enjoyable and informative, but I would have preferred more stories about his adventures.


  • It's not poetry, and Seabrook has an awkward tendency to hammer home some particular points, chapter after chapter, as if he hasn't already made them yet, but it's got page upon page of gee-whiz minutia about the some of the best recordings of Bowie's career (those Iggy Pop albums included). Makes me wanna go put on "Heroes right now.


  • I read with Eno\Bowie Berlin albums as a soundtrack .Cannot ask for more .I felt like a fly on the wall's (not just Berlin wall)at the studios with the band .I have learnd so much about the atmosphere&Ambience .Danke Thomas Jerome Seabrook !


  • Interesting to read in concert with the albums and look up the performances mentioned in the text (most are on YouTube). But the book lacks any primary research -- it feels like a collection of excerpts from books, articles, and videos rather than adding any new insights.


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