A Hugo Award-winner explores the massive influence that science fiction has had on popular music, particularly on David Bowie and the heady, experimental 1970s sceneIn the 1960s and 70s old mores and lingering repressions were falling away, replaced with a new kind of hedonistic freedom that included sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Although it didn't factor into the stereotype, it also included science fiction.Strange Stars tells the story of how incredibly well read artists--David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and many more--brought Sci Fi's cosmic flare to their lyrics, sounds, and styles, and changed pop music forever....
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Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded Reviews
An exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the synergy between science fiction and pop music in the 70s. A fascinating nostalgia trip, yet probably different for every generation.
I'm actually doing a paid review for a local publication so you'll have to wait...
But it's good.
I'll post a link when the review goes live.
Thanks to Melville House for an advance reading copy of this book.
In the acknowledgements to this book the author writes that if not for his editor he would have written an encyclopedia. He nearly did anyway, having created here a comprehensive, sometimes dizzying account of science fiction-inspired music and its democratizing effect on sci-fi within popular culture (with a little help from NASA, drugs, and "Star Wars").
Each year of the 1970s is given a chapter along with brief prologue and epi ...more
Amazing book that not only makes you want to keep reading it, but start diving through old music and breaking out your library card and pick up all those old sci-fi books and settle in for an adventure.
This is exactly what Dean Venture must have felt like in "Perchance to Dean" when he lets his science mind explore the outer reaches of the universe though music.
Great history, great insight, great book!