Remembering David Bowie Through His 102 Favorite Books

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As we reminisce the life and times of David Bowie, let’s take a look at the 102 books that shaped his life. Each book on the list was woefully transgressive, painfully eccentric, and full of decadence in a time where humanity fell out of space. All this equals to the life and death of David Bowie.

  1. “Interviews With Francis Bacon” by David Sylvester
  2. “Billy Liar” by Keith Waterhouse
  3. “Room at the Top” by John Braine
  4. “On Having No Head” by Douglass Harding
  5. “Kafka was the Rage” by Anatole Broyard
  6. “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess
  7. “City of Night” by John Rechy
  8. “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz
  9. “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert
  10. “The Iliad” by Homer
  11. “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner
  12. “Tadanori Yokoo” by Tadanori Yokoo
  13. “Berlin Alexanderplatz” by Alfred Döblin
  14. “Inside the Whale and Other Essays” by George Orwell
  15. “Mr. Norris Changes Trains” by Christopher Isherwood
  16. “Halls Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art” by James A. Hall
  17. “David Bomberg” by Richard Cork
  18. “Blast” by Wyndham Lewis
  19. “Passing” by Nella Larson
  20. “Beyond The Brillo Box” by Arthur C. Danton
  21. “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the
  22. Bicameral Mind” by Julian Jaynes
  23. “In Bluebeard’s Castle” by George Steiner
  24. “Hawksmoor” by Peter Ackroyd
  25. “The Divided Self” by R. D. Laing
  26. “The Stranger” by Albert Camus
  27. “Infants of the Spring” by Wallace Thurman
  28. “The Quest for Christa T” by Christa Wolf
  29. “The Songlines” by Bruce Chatwin
  30. “Nights at the Circus” by Angela Carter
  31. “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov
  32. “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” by Muriel Spark
  33. “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov
  34. “Herzog” by Saul Bellow
  35. “Puckoon” by Spike Milligan
  36. “Black Boy” by Richard Wright
  37. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  38. “The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea” by Yukio Mishima
  39. “Darkness at Noon” by Arthur Koestler
  40. “The Waste Land” by T.S. Elliot
  41. “McTeague” by Frank Norris
  42. “Money” by Martin Amis
  43. “The Outsider” by Colin Wilson
  44. “Strange People” by Frank Edwards
  45. “English Journey” by J.B. Priestley
  46. “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole
  47. “The Day of the Locust” by Nathanael West
  48. “1984” by George Orwell
  49. “The Life and Times of Little Richard” by Charles White
  50. “Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock” by Nik Cohn
  51. “Mystery Train” by Greil Marcus
  52. “Beano” (comic, ’50s)
  53. “Raw” (comic, ’80s)
  54. “White Noise” by Don DeLillo
  55. “Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern
  56. Dream of Freedom” by Peter Guralnick
  57. “Silence: Lectures and Writing” by John Cage
  58. “Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews” edited by Malcolm Cowley
  59. “The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll” by Charlie Gillete
  60. “Octobriana And The Russian Underground” by Peter Sadecky
  61. “The Street” by Ann Petry
  62. “Wonder Boys” by Michael Chabon
  63. “Last Exit To Brooklyn” By Hubert Selby Jr.
  64. “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn
  65. “The Age of American Unreason” by Susan Jacoby
  66. “Metropolitan Life” by Fran Lebowitz
  67. “The Coast of Utopia” by Tom Stoppard
  68. “The Bridge” by Hart Crane
  69. “All the Emperor’s Horses” by David Kidd
  70. “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters
  71. “Earthly Powers” by Anthony Burgess
  72. “The 42nd Parallel” by John Dos Passos
  73. “Tales of Beatnik Glory” by Ed Saunders
  74. “The Bird Artist” by Howard Norman
  75. “Nowhere To Run: The Story Of Soul Music” by Gerri Hirshey
  76. “Before The Deluge” by Otto Friedrich
  77. “Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson” by Camille Paglia
  78. “The American Way Of Death” by Jessica Mitford
  79. “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote
  80. “Lady Chatterly’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence
  81. “Teenage” by Jon Savage
  82. “Vile Bodies” by Evelyn Waugh
  83. “The Hidden Persuaders” by Vance Packard
  84. “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin
  85. “Viz” (comic, early ’80s)
  86. “Private Eye” (satirical magazine, ’60s – ’80s)
  87. “Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara
  88. “The Trial Of Henry Kissinger” by Christopher Hitchens
  89. “Flaubert’s Parrot” by Julian Barnes
  90. “Maldoror” by Comte de Lautréamont
  91. “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
  92. “Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders” by Lawrence Weschler
  93. “Zanoni” by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  94. “Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual” by Eliphas Lévi
  95. “The Gnostic Gospels” by Elaine Pagels
  96. “The Leopard” by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa
  97. “Inferno” by Dante Alighieri
  98. “A Grave For A Dolphin” by Alberto Denti di Pirajno
  99. “The Insult” by Rupert Thomson
  100. “In Between The Sheets” by Ian McEwan
  101. “A People’s Tragedy” by Orlando Figes
  102. “Journey Into The Whirlwind” by Eugenia Ginzburg
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