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Egomaniac, sellout, plagiarist—David Bowie has been accused of many things, but this new biography reveals a warmer side to the pop pioneer

By Nick Crowe   March 2011

Starman: David Bowie—The Definitive Biography by Paul Trynka (Sphere, £20)

When I worked on a recording project with the music producer Tony Visconti in the late 1990s, I was eager for stories about his friend David Bowie. After all, Visconti had produced some of his best works, including Young Americans and Scary Monsters. “Bowie’s a cunt,” he said when the topic was raised, as if it was common knowledge. The subject was never discussed again.

Ground-breaking pop star Bowie has been accused of many things during his career, often for perfectly good reasons. Exploitation was a common theme among fellow…

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