Readers’ Corner: Bowie’s Books

bowie1Yes, even rock stars read. One of the lesser appreciated elements of the hit exhibition “David Bowie Is” — running now at the Art Gallery of Ontario after a smash run at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum — was its inclusion of the Thin White Duke’s reading list.

Bowie’s Top 100 books is really just a smashing collection. He hits many of the cool-minded modernist writings of the 20th century, from T.S. Eliot to Yukio Mishima and John Cage, as well as a heavy stocking of music-oriented books.

wasteland1But there’s some great newer choices in here as well, from Junot Diaz to Michael Chabon, and some agitprop from Howard Zinn and Christopher Hitchens.

David-Bowie-and-William-B-slideIt doesn’t quite make sense that there’s no William S. Burroughs here, given how influential the old man’s work was on Bowie’s early polymorphous phase.  But maybe Naked Lunch or Junky made Bowie’s Top 200 list…

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