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Bowie’s top 100 books - the complete list

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on October 01, 2013

 

“Lend us a book we can read up alone”

 

It’s likely that most people reading this will have already seen either the original story on openbookstoronto.com last week, or a version of it referring back to that original list of “DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 BOOKS”.

There have also been numerous suggestions of a Bowie Book Club to tackle each of the 100 volumes. However, there was a problem with that particular openbookstoronto.com feature in that only 75% of the books were actually listed!

For anybody planning on completing this epic voyage of discovery, we’ve listed every single one of the 100 books here (in no particular order) for your reference.

You may have also noticed the two chaps in the middle of our montage. Well, it’s none other than David Bowie sporting a Clockwork Orange T-shirt (the book by Anthony Burgess is in the list) with his old chum, George Underwood.

George kindly supplied the previously unpublished photograph, which according to him was taken aboard Amtrak somewhere between New Orleans and Chicago on the first US tour in 1972.

 

And so, on to that COMPLETE list of David Bowie’s Top 100 (count 'em) Books.

 

Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester

Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

Room At The Top by John Braine

On Having No Head by Douglass Harding

Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

City Of Night by John Rechy

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Iliad by Homer

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell

Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood

Halls Dictionary Of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall

David Bomberg by Richard Cork

Blast by Wyndham Lewis

Passing by Nella Larson

Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto

The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

In Bluebeard’s Castle by George Steiner

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

The Divided Self by R. D. Laing

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman

The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter

The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodieby Muriel Spark

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Herzog by Saul Bellow

Puckoon by Spike Milligan

Black Boy by Richard Wright

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima

Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler

The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot

McTeague by Frank Norris

Money by Martin Amis

The Outsider by Colin Wilson

Strange People by Frank Edwards

English Journey by J.B. Priestley

A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West

1984 by George Orwell

The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White

Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn

Mystery Train by Greil Marcus

Beano (comic, ’50s)

Raw (comic, ’80s)

White Noise by Don DeLillo

Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom by Peter Guralnick

Silence: Lectures And Writing by John Cage

Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley

The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll by Charlie Gillete

Octobriana And The Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky

The Street by Ann Petry

Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

Last Exit To Brooklyn By Hubert Selby, Jr.

A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn

The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz

The Coast Of Utopia by Tom Stoppard

The Bridge by Hart Crane

All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos

Tales Of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders

The Bird Artist by Howard Norman

Nowhere To Run The Story Of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey

Before The Deluge by Otto Friedrich

Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

The American Way Of Death by Jessica Mitford

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Teenage by Jon Savage

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Viz (comic, early ’80s)

Private Eye (satirical magazine, ’60s – ’80s)

Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara

The Trial Of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler

Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa

Inferno by Dante Alighieri

A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno

The Insult by Rupert Thomson

In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan

A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes

Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

 

#BowieBookClub

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    1 October 2013
    Bowie’s top 100 books - the complete list

     

    “Lend us a book we can read up alone”

     

    It’s likely that most people reading this will have already seen either the original story on openbookstoronto.com last week, or a version of it referring back to that original list of “DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 BOOKS”.

    There have also been numerous suggestions of a Bowie Book Club to tackle each of the 100 volumes. However, there was a problem with that particular openbookstoronto.com feature in that only 75% of the books were actually listed!

    For anybody planning on completing this epic voyage of discovery, we’ve listed every single one of the 100 books here (in no particular order) for your reference.

    You may have also noticed the two chaps in the middle of our montage. Well, it’s none other than David Bowie sporting a Clockwork Orange T-shirt (the book by Anthony Burgess is in the list) with his old chum, George Underwood.

    George kindly supplied the previously unpublished photograph, which according to him was taken aboard Amtrak somewhere between New Orleans and Chicago on the first US tour in 1972.

     

    And so, on to that COMPLETE list of David Bowie’s Top 100 (count 'em) Books.

     

    Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester

    Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

    Room At The Top by John Braine

    On Having No Head by Douglass Harding

    Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard

    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

    City Of Night by John Rechy

    The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

    Iliad by Homer

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

    Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo

    Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

    Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell

    Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood

    Halls Dictionary Of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall

    David Bomberg by Richard Cork

    Blast by Wyndham Lewis

    Passing by Nella Larson

    Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto

    The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

    In Bluebeard’s Castle by George Steiner

    Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

    The Divided Self by R. D. Laing

    The Stranger by Albert Camus

    Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman

    The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf

    The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

    Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter

    The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

    The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodieby Muriel Spark

    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

    Herzog by Saul Bellow

    Puckoon by Spike Milligan

    Black Boy by Richard Wright

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima

    Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler

    The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot

    McTeague by Frank Norris

    Money by Martin Amis

    The Outsider by Colin Wilson

    Strange People by Frank Edwards

    English Journey by J.B. Priestley

    A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

    The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West

    1984 by George Orwell

    The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White

    Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn

    Mystery Train by Greil Marcus

    Beano (comic, ’50s)

    Raw (comic, ’80s)

    White Noise by Don DeLillo

    Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom by Peter Guralnick

    Silence: Lectures And Writing by John Cage

    Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley

    The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll by Charlie Gillete

    Octobriana And The Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky

    The Street by Ann Petry

    Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

    Last Exit To Brooklyn By Hubert Selby, Jr.

    A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn

    The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

    Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz

    The Coast Of Utopia by Tom Stoppard

    The Bridge by Hart Crane

    All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd

    Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

    Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

    The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos

    Tales Of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders

    The Bird Artist by Howard Norman

    Nowhere To Run The Story Of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey

    Before The Deluge by Otto Friedrich

    Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

    The American Way Of Death by Jessica Mitford

    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

    Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

    Teenage by Jon Savage

    Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

    The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard

    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

    Viz (comic, early ’80s)

    Private Eye (satirical magazine, ’60s – ’80s)

    Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara

    The Trial Of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

    Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

    Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont

    On The Road by Jack Kerouac

    Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler

    Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

    Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi

    The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

    The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa

    Inferno by Dante Alighieri

    A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno

    The Insult by Rupert Thomson

    In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan

    A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes

    Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

     

    #BowieBookClub