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Spider from Mars
My Life with Bowie
By (author): Woody Woodmansey Introduction by: Tony Visconti
9781250117618 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music Jan 03, 2017 Print Run: 50000
$38.99 CAD
Unknown 6.37 x 9.42 x 1.14 in 320 pages Plus two 8-page color photograph inserts St. Martin's Press

In January 2016, the unexpected death of David Bowie rocked the globe. For millions of people, he was an icon celebrated for his music, his film and theatrical roles, and his trendsetting influence on fashion and gender norms. But no one from her inner circle has told the story of how David Jones—a young folksinger, dancer, and aspiring mime—became one of the most influential artists of our time.

Drummer Woody Woodmansey is the last surviving member of Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars which helped launch his Ziggy Stardust persona and made David Bowie a sensation.

In this first memoir to follow Bowie’s passing,Spider from Marsreveals what it was like to be at the white-hot center of a star’s self-creation. With never-before-told stories and never-before-seen photographs, Woodmansey offers details of the album sessions forThe Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,andAladdin Sane: the four albums that made Bowie a cult figure. And, as fame beckoned by eventually consumed Bowie, Woodmansey recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and rock ‘n’ roll excess that eventually drove the band apart.

A vivid and unique evocation of a transformative musical era and the enigmatic, visionary musician at the center of it, with a foreword by legendary music producer Tony Visconti and an afterword from Def Leppard's Joe Elliot,Spider from Mars is for everyone who values David Bowie, by one of the people who knew him best.

" … those interested in rock history won’t want to miss this slice of music history." -Publishers Weekly

Michael "Woody" Woodmansey was the drummer for David Bowie's The Spiders from Mars from 1969-1973 on the hit albumsThe Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory,and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust andThe Spiders from Mars. Born in Driffield, Yorkshire, in 1951, he is the last surviving member of The Spiders from Mars. He continues to play with his band Holy Holy and lives in London.

"An engaging behind-the-scenes look at an early phase in the life of one of rock’s most triumphant figures." -Booklist

"A genial...glimpse into a brief but critical period of Bowie’s career." -Kirkus

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