Saturday June 6, 2020

Superb look at the heady thrill of glam rock’s rich pageant

One of the hallmarks of a great music book is that it tells you umpteen things you didn’t know

6th November, 2016
David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1973, at the height of his glam period Pic: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

MUSIC: Shock And Awe, By Simon Reynolds, Faber & Faber, €33.25

There’s a strong case to be made that the entire glam rock movement was consecrated at the precise moment when a young David Bowie and an even younger Marc Bolan first met in July 1964. The two teenagers had paint-rollers in their hands at the time, decorating the office of impresario Tony Howard, who managed them both.

After a wary introduction,...

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