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The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s by Peter Doggett. Bodley Head, €25.20.

13th November, 2011
David Bowie: his lyrical themes of alienation and existential dread struck a chord during the turbulent 1970s. Photo: Michael Ochs/Getty

Shortly before his assassination in 1980, John Lennon was asked for an assessment of his sometime friend and collaborator, David Bowie. "I never really knew who he was," the ex-Beatle bluntly replied. "And meeting him doesn't give you much more of a clue, because you don't know which one you're talking to."

Every biographer of rock music's greatest chameleon is confronted with exactly the same problem. Bowie has deliberately given many different versions of his life...

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