David Bowie brought to book by UL academics

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Dr Eoin Devereux, UL: 'Bowie is truly an iconic figure. The book contains a wealth of new material'
A SENIOR lecturer in UL’s sociology department who hosted a symposium in Limerick to discuss and debate David Bowie’s cultural impact and influence has now co-edited a major book of essays on the iconic rock star.

A SENIOR lecturer in UL’s sociology department who hosted a symposium in Limerick to discuss and debate David Bowie’s cultural impact and influence has now co-edited a major book of essays on the iconic rock star.

Eoin Devereux, together with fellow UL academics Aileen Dillane and Martin J. Power, has just published David Bowie: Critical Perspectives, 18 essays on the mercurial pop star’s work as an artist.

The book emerged from Strange Fascination?, the conference organised in 2012 by the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster in UL.

“Bowie is truly an iconic figure. Our book examines in detail one of the most complex figures within the history of popular music,” said Dr Devereux.

“Being true to the subject matter of our book, it crosses a number of academic disciplines in attempting to unpack what David Bowie is all about. When we organised the ‘Strange Fascination?’ conference it had a slight retrospective feel to it. Little did we know that Bowie would surprise us all once more, just three months later, with the release of a new single and an album.”

The book contains essays by a range of international scholars on Bowie’s work including the noted biographer Dr. David Buckley, Professor Shelton Waldrep and Dr Nick Stevenson.

“It contains a wealth of new material. It examines Bowie’s more recent recording work and it provides new details on the making of his 1980 ground-breaking video for the song Ashes to Ashes. The book will appeal to academics but will also be of interest to Bowie fans,” added Dr Devereux.