Fabulous new David Bowie book is crammed with delights

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//David Bowie wears John Stephen on a modeling assignment with Jan De Souza in Kingly Street W1 for Fabulous 208, 1965. Photo: Fiona Adams//

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//Up on the roof, central London 1967. Photo: Kenneth Pitt. //

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//Ziggy Stardust’s first photo call, 1972. Photo: Brian Ward/David Bowie Archive.//

Any Day Now, the new book about David Bowie’s London life between 1947 and 1974, is hands-down the music book publishing sensation of the year.

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And THE LOOK has been granted exclusive access to the new book, which has been written and compiled by Bowie expert Kevin Cann and is out next month.

Any Day Now’s 320-plus pages are crammed with delights both factual and visual, charting Bowie from his birth, background and childhood interests in music, design and art through to his beginnings in local beat groups and eventual world-beating success.

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//In Paddington Street Gardens, central London, 1969. The bag was designed by Alan Mair of The Beatstalkers (and later The Only Ones). Photo: Kenneth Pitt.//

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//Rocking the Keith Relf look with The Manish Boys, 1965. Photo: Bob Solly//

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//With Angie (Angela Barnett) outside Bromley register office on their wedding day, March 20, 1970. The couple wore clothes bought the previous day at Kensington Market. Bowie’s Courrèges belt was a gift from friend Calvin Mark Lee. Photo: Kentish Times.//

As a document of the most important image-maker of our times, it is unparalleled, reflecting Cann’s decades-long absorption in his subject and access to original sources and important material.

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//In Mr Fish mandress on the cover of Curious magazine with Freddie Buretti, May 1971.//

Any Day Now is a must for fans of music and fashion, detailing Bowie’s stylistic development as he moved through r&b and mod via folkie and hippie to glam androgyny, drawing on such touchstones of THE LOOK as John Stephen, Dandie Fashions, Kensington Market, Mr Fish, Freddie Buretti, City Lights Studio and Kansai Yamamoto.

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//At producer Tony Visconti’s apartment in Lexham Gardens, west London, 1968. Photo: Ray Stevenson.//

There is a fascinating foreword written by Kenneth Pitt, who managed Bowie between 1967 and 1970, and contributions from a cast of hundreds, including close friends and fellow musicians.

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//Any Day Now Limited Edition.//

A special limited edition of 475 copies is also being published in hardback, numbered and signed in black cloth-bound clam-shell cases with reproductions of tickets, posters and memorabilia. Each also contains a print of a rare colour photo taken of Bowie in 1967 by Gerald Fearnley (who has signed them).

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//Any Day Now Limited Edition with signed Gerard Fearnley photograph.//

To find out more and order copies of the limited edition, click here.

Mondo said,

October 22, 2010 @ 11:35 am

I thought the Mick Rock would be impossibe to top, but this could be a contender. Isn’t there an expo at the Proud Gallery?

Kevin Cann – didn’t he used to do Bowie fan-mag Starzone in the 80s?

rockpopfashion said,

October 22, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

Hi Dave

You know it does beat it because there is so much more context and detail. That’s right there is an accompanying exhibition by photographers who contributed to the book at Proud next week.
And yes I believe Kevin was connected to Starzone (and has been involved in reissues for many years).

Bill Luther said,

November 8, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

WOAH! How did I not know about this?! Amazing! I must investigate this immediately, cheers for writing about it!

paul said,

November 29, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

is the deluxe copy signed by bowie?

rockpopfashion said,

November 29, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

It’s signed by the author, Kevin Cann. And, I believe, the photograph is signed by the photographer Gerard Fearnley but best check here: http://anydaynowbook.com/page1.html
Great book.

Flipflipmeheidi said,

January 21, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

Wow, Viva La Rock!

S. said,

September 12, 2016 @ 10:52 am

Hi, there is some confusion about the identity of the model on the first picture. Is she Jan De Souza or Jeanette Ross? Someone told me that they are two different models. And I find this Tweet confirming this version https://twitter.com/bowieww/status/727811773567488000

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