Earlier this year, we shared a list of David Bowie’s 100 “must-read” books, yet another symbol of the late music icon’s voracious thirst for knowledge and enlightenment. Now, his son, the filmmaker Duncan Jones, has launched the “David Bowie Book Club” in tribute to the Thin White Duke.
“My dad was a beast of a reader,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad.” The book club will adhere to Bowie’s 100 favorites, which include works ranging from 1945 (Black Boy by Richard Wright) to 2008 (Susan Jacoby’s The Age of American Unreason). The first book on the club’s list, however, is the 1985 novel Hawksmoor by Peter Aykroyd, who Jones describes as one of his father’s “true loves.” Follow Jones’ Twitter account for more updates regarding the book club. You’ll wanna get crackin’, though; the deadline to finish Hawksmoor is February 1st.
DUNCAN LAUNCHES BOWIE BOOK CLUB VIA TWITTER “Screaming above Central London…” Back in October 2013 we exclusively posted the complete list of “DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 BOOKS”. (http://smarturl.it/BowieBooksFull100) In case you’ve not already seen it on Twitter, Duncan Jones has now kicked off what we’re calling the Bowie Book Club. Here’s what he said about the idea and his first selection. + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon Dec 27 My dad was a beast of a reader. One of his true loves was Peter Ackroyd’s sojourns into the history of Britain & its cities. I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad. Time allowing… #Read-ItBig’nsTheBrain Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon Dec 27 Alright gang! Anyone who wants to join along, we are reading Peter Ackroyd’s “Hawksmoor,” as an amuse cerveau before we get into the heavy stuff. You have until Feb 1. + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Hawksmoor is in DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 BOOKS list, indeed it’s one of the books we illustrated in our montage back in 2013. It’s also a work we’ve loved for a long time here at DBHQ, since David first recommended it many years ago. Go here (https://t.co/wNp8N91EsD) for the synopsis of this gripping and terrible tale of two Londons separated by two and a half centuries. #BowieBookClub #ReadingIsBrainFood
Bowie’s wide-ranging list contains classics (Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four), poetry (Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara), modern hits (Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys), musical histories (The Life and Times of Little Richard by Charles White, The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll by Charlie Gillete), and more.
Be sure to take a break from reading on January 8th, however, as that’s the premiere date for HBO’s upcoming David Bowie: The Last Five Years documentary.