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David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ Examined In New Book

A new book from Ken Sharp makes clear that there’s still plenty more to say about David Bowie‘s four-decade-old ‘Hunky Dory.’

Constructed as an oral history, ‘Kooks, Queen Bitches and Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory’ features interviews from Bowie’s band, producer Ken Scott and personnel from Bowie’s then-new record label, RCA. Archival commentary from Bowie and late former collaborator Mick Ronson is also included.

Sharp has already received high marks from those involved. “I’m impressed with Ken’s approach to this project,” ‘Hunky Dory’ drummer Woody Woodmansey says in a news release. “It was a nice change to have intelligent questions, and to be able to recount the making of this album.”

Generally regarded as one of Bowie’s masterpieces, ‘Hunky Dory’ was the first recording to feature a group that would become known as Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders From Mars. The album opened with a Bowie radio staple in ‘Changes’; ‘Kooks’ and ‘Queen Bitches’ were deep cuts.

“Hunky Dory is still one of my all-time favorite albums — it’s my favorite of all the records I did with David Bowie,” ‘Hunky Dory’ bassist Trevor Bolder said, in comments before his early passing. “I have many fond memories of the making of it, as this was the first recording I ever played on. ‘Hunky Dory’ is unique, has wonderful songs of great warmth and feel and is beautifully recorded. Ken has really captured much of this sentiment and detail in his book.”

‘Kooks, Queen Bitches and Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory’ is available for purchase exclusively via the author’s website. Sharp has written or co-written more than 15 music books, while contributing liner notes for releases by Cheap Trick, Kiss and Santana. Bolder later went on to play with Uriah Heep and, briefly, with Wishbone Ash.

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