Picks and Pans Review: Bowie: An Illustrated Record

updated 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray

In the shape of a record album, this is a scrapbook of photographs, record jackets, clippings and other relics of David Bowie's career as a performer. The reader is told in the introduction that "Bowie celebrated artifice, elevated it...and in the process successfully presented himself as the most glamorous creature in this most glamorous environment." On page seven there is a photograph of Bowie in a red wig, looking like Bette Davis. He can also look like a pretty boy, a pretty girl, a clown, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, a spaceman, a woman with her finger in the mouth of a baby (Zowie Bowie, his son), and a corpse. The theme apparently is identity confusion, sexual and otherwise. (Avon, $9.95)

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