Celebrity Studies: Book Review – Enchanting David Bowie: space/time/body/memory

Enchanting David Bowie: space/time/body/memory, edited by Toija Cinque, Christopher Moore and Sean Redmond, New York and London, Bloomsbury, 2015, 368 pp., £23.99 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-6289-2303-2

Fan reactions are woven into the fabric of Enchanting David Bowie, an interdisciplinary collection of critical essays asking ‘who is [Bowie] now?’ (p. 1), with each contributor giving an introductory personal reflection on Bowie, and fans approaching the volume following his death won’t be able to do so without a degree of confounding emotion. With the introduction’s assertion that with the surprise album release The Next Day (2013) on his 66th birthday ‘Bowie was resurrected again’ (p. 2), the book has gained an unintended poignancy. Despite the multiple ‘deaths’ of Bowie’s alter-egos, many felt that the man himself was immortal. The spell of this ‘enchantment’ has been broken, but the existence of this volume means we stand a chance of making sense of his posthumous legacy…

Celebrity Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2017), pp. 185-187.

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