London: Omnibus Press, 1980. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's glossy paper-covered boards lettered in black-and-white, black endpapers.
Visually striking photo-packed biography of the pop icon and his work, taking a year-by-year approach to Bowie's career, from his first steps as a musician in 1963 to the time of publication in 1980, and all the musical and aesthetic mutations in between. "David went to Bromley Technical High School and it was there he had a fight with his friend George Underwood over a girl. A single punch nearly cost him the sight of one eye. Bowie described it: 'The pupil was paralysed. It started bleeding. I was in hospital for months. I was very near to losing the sight in both eyes. They operated and saved my right eye but my left eye is still very dodgy.' He was left with a paralysed pupil which, in reflection of strong light gives the eye a feline look. One eye is blue and one grey with the one pupil much larger than the other, something which is often noticeable in photographs. He remained friends with George Underwood, however, and Underwood has since designed two of his album sleeves." Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-whte photos and reproductions; with a complete discography, from Davie Jones with the King Bees (1964) to Ashes to Ashes (1980). Text by British music journalist Barry Miles, who goes by the mononym Miles; designed by celebrated British graphic designer Pearce Marchbank, who produced the logo for Time Out magazine and established Omnibus Press. Lightest rubbing to board surfaces, else fine. Scarce in hardcover. Item #2169