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Counterbalance No. 16: David Bowie - 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'

Up next for the Counterbalance series is David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Press your space face close to mine!

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Only After Dark: A Boxed Presentation of Mick Ronson's 1970s

The late David Bowie sideman, Mick Ronson may not have relished the solo spotlight but he still left behind a trove of rock goodies.

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'Ashes to Ashes' Is the Second Half of Chris O’Leary’s Deep Dive into All Things Bowie

What began as a blog becomes Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016, a tome for fans and critics.

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The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 2018

In 2018, the music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes.

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Stumbling Into Town Like a Sacred Cow: 'Loving the Alien' Chronicles David Bowie in the '80s

The fourth in a series of David Bowie boxed sets, Loving the Alien (1983-1988) covers a period in the late artist's career than many hardcore fans would prefer to forget. Time for a reassessment.

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David Bowie's 'Welcome to the Blackout' Is a Triumph

David Bowie's well-received Record Store Day 2018 collection goes on general release via CD, streaming and download.

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One Life, Breathlessly Lived: On Artist and '70s Scenster Duncan Hannah's Memoir

Things get hazy with drugs and bloody with violence, but hipster Hannah remains happy.

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'David Bowie Made Me Gay' Raises the Question, How Do We Define LGBT Music?

The World's Worst Records blogger is funny, catty, and gossipy. Capturing the history of LGBT music in book form, however, outwits the author.

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The Roots of Romanticism in David Bowie's Berlin Triptych

In its response to modernity, Romanticism's grand enterprise inspires us to question the current state of things, to ponder how we might "be heroes / just for one day".

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'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' Compellingly Reflects on the Final Projects of the Artist's Life

If you are unfamiliar with the final, fertile phase of Bowie's career — which followed his retirement from performing, after a 2004 onstage heart attack — this is a fine introduction.

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'Smithsonian Rock and Roll' Welcomes the Amateur Concert Photographer

This new book featuring concert photos taken by fans is a stylish, interesting, and absorbing, yet somewhat incomplete look at the history of popular music.

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Space Oddity: ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ is Strictly a Vehicle for David Bowie

Nicolas Roeg’s mid-'70s sci-fi misfire about an alien (Bowie) trying to save his planet but falling prey to Earth’s temptations is self-indulgent garble with a haunting premise.

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Glam Is Good

Simon Reynold's Shock and Awe is a thorough investigation into the many facets of rock's most maligned moniker.

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David Bowie in Conversation

Turn and face the strange: a posthumous interview compilation shows David Bowie as a brilliant artist and a warm conversationalist, an all-too-rare combination.

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Form Follows Function: 'The Life of Pablo' and 'Blonde' Challenge the Notion of an Album

Kanye West and Frank Ocean have created imperfect perfect albums which invert our notions of flaws and challenge our perception of the album as an art form.

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Phish and the Spiders From Mars Take Las Vegas

Phish has personally transformed Halloween into the holy high holiday of the rock world due to their legendary musical costume performances...

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'Shot!' Mick Rock Documentary at Tribeca + After Party (Photos)

Following the world premiere of SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock, attendees were invited to an after party which featured the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and some special guests.

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David Bowie - "I Can't Give Everything Away" (Singles Going Steady)

This is a mesmerizing soundscape of synths with occasional flourishes of lush guitar and sci-fi effects that recall Bowie's early character of Ziggy Stardust.

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On David Bowie's Life of Resistance

David Bowie's life shows us that the boundaries imposed by a dominant culture are more fluid than mainstream society allows – and that resistance is not futile.

Bret Lorti
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Chaos Does Not Mean Despair in Bowie's Soundscapes

What Bowie's music describes, again and again, is that we were endlessly, relentlessly killing ourselves.

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David Bowie - "Lazarus" (Singles Going Steady)

David Bowie painted his last strokes with life and death, in such a way that wasn’t contrived or overbearing.

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Mourning the Alien: The Many Lives and Powerful Death of David Bowie

In remembering David Bowie, we ask that you remember him two ways: through the eyes of so many others who saw so many different things in him, and through the biggest lie that he ever told us.

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There's a Starman Waiting in the Sky: Remembering David Bowie

Artists too numerous to count have been influenced by David Bowie’s music, style, and various personas. He will never be forgotten.

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As Long as There's Fire: David Bowie's 'Heroes' to 'The Next Day'

Forty years after "Heroes", we discover the doomed couple wasn’t so doomed after all, those declarations of love weren’t as futile as we thought, and there are indeed heroes to be found.

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The Great I Am: Magic, Fascism, and Race in David Bowie's 'Blackstar'

Blackstar addresses the tension between David Bowie’s avowed attraction to ideologies of blood and soil, and his equally committed obsession with African American musical forms and tropes.

Rahm Bambam
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David Bowie - "Blackstar" (Singles Going Steady)

David Bowie offers up his iconic self in equal measure to both worshippers and detractors on "Blackstar".

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Harmonia: Complete Works

Brian Eno loved them, and probably would not have made those beloved Bowie albums the same way without them.

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A Fragile Tomorrow: Make Me Over

A Fragile Tomorrow continue to weave the signature sound that’s marked their motif since their founding in 2003, one that’s at once complex and yet also easy on the ears, sensual and yet sophisticated all at the same time.

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Bowie, Dylan, Little Richard Among the Best Pop Music Boxed Sets

Here are some of the most notable boxed sets this year in rock and pop...

Greg Kot
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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 5: 20 - 1

Songs of anxiety, paranoia, freak-outs, chilling verses, feverish desire, harrowing lyrics -- they all make for damn good music.

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Mika: No Place in Heaven

No Place in Heaven is Mika's most assured and confident set of tunes since his debut, Life in Cartoon Motion.

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The 10 Best Songs About New Beginnings

In honor of a new year, here is a list of songs that can help nudge even the idlest of souls off the couch in 2015.

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David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed

Nothing Has Changed, despite the exact nature of its target demographic being up for debate, remains a thrilling go-to for the semi-casual Thin White Duke observer, and is about as damn close to perfect as a Bowie anthology can get.

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