David Bowie: Forever Stardust

What is constant -- recurring themes, images, motifs and concepts

David Bowie Forever Stardust
The matrix Bowie created is almost incomprehensively complex

Most of the many books about David Bowie track his artistic ‘changes’ chronologically throughout his career. This book, uniquely, examines Bowie’s ‘sameness’: his recurring themes, images, motifs and concepts as an artist, across all his creative work, from lyrics and music through to costumes, storyboards, films, plays and painting.

Published on Bowie’s 70th birthday, Forever Stardust looks at Bowie’s work not as a linear evolution through calendar time, to his death in January 2016, but as a matrix, a dialogue, a network of ideas that echo back and forth across the five decades of his career, interacting with each other and with the surrounding culture. It explores Bowie’s creative output as a whole, tracing the repetitions and obsessions that structure his work, discovering what they tell us about Bowie in all his forms, from Ziggy Stardust to David Jones.

David Bowie challenged cultural expectations from the early 1970s until his final masterpiece, Blackstar. Forever Stardust offers a new understanding of this remarkable, significant artist.

Will Brooker is Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University in London. His research into David Bowie for this book involved a year of immersion in Bowie’s styles, influences and experiences and has attracted international media attention.He is editor of ‘Cinema Journal’ and the author or editor of many books on popular culture, including Hunting the Dark Knight (I.B. Tauris), Batman Unmasked, Using the Force, Alice’s Adventures, The Blade Runner Experience, and the BFI Film Classics volume on Star Wars.