Wednesday, January 13, 2016

David Bowie: the man who loved books

David Bowie

Left - David Bowie in 1995, reading a book about Francis Bacon Credit: Rex Features

For a man who left Bromley Technical High School with just one 'O' level (in art), David Bowie ended up a remarkably well-read man.

Bowie, who died aged 69 on January 10 2016, said that "when I'm relaxed what I do is read" and described a good week as one in which he pored through "three or four books".

Bowie was witty and knowing about his own acquisitiveness for books and first editions. He paid tribute to his parents for passing on a love of literature. One of the turning points of his life was reading Allan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac; he said that reading On The Road at 15 was an epiphanous moment, giving him the urge to get out of Bromley.

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