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Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie and Books

As everyone knows, David Bowie died yesterday.  The legendary musician was a voracious reader who apparently read a book a day.  Many of his albums were influenced by books.  "When Vanity Fair asked him 'What is your idea of perfect happiness?' he responded simply 'reading'" (

In the fall of 2013, an exhibition entitled David Bowie is was held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.  “Spanning five decades and featuring more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive, this totally immersive multimedia show celebrates the groundbreaking artist’s collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theatre, art and film” (  When the exhibition moved from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to the AGO, Bowie’s archivist supplied the curators with a list of his top 100 books.  This is the list as it appeared in 2013 in the British newspaper, The Guardian

On the death of David Bowie, that list is being re-released.  In this list, the books are more organized:
As a tribute to this creative icon, why not read a book from Bowie’s list of favourites?