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Eruditorum Presscast: Chris O'Leary/David Bowie Memorial

I'm joined by Chris O'Leary of Pushing Ahead of the Dame for a podcast on the obvious topic, as well as several others. We start by talking about Chris's nearly-finished exploration of David Bowie's entire discography (well, actually we start off-topic about Miracleman), move on to how Bowie designed his own death as a pop event, give Kieron Gillen credit for inspiring David Bowie's cancer, and finish with discussions of a strange and motley assortment of Bowie albums both obvious and stranger. All in all, as I joked with Chris after, an hour of discussion containing absolutely no sentiments you'd find in a Guardian think piece about Bowie.

Download it here.

Chris's book, Rebel Rebel, is out of stock at Amazon here

Sensor Scan: Space Oddity

First of all, let me say I am without question the least qualified person in the world to be talking about David Bowie. I'm as familiar with him and his career as the next person I suppose, but I certainly wouldn't consider myself any kind of expert. There are people who have spent their entire lives following David Bowie and to whom his music is as formative and important as, well, Star Trek is to me I guess.

That said there's simply no getting out of writing about “Space Oddity”. It's an irreducible part of the cultural zeitgeist of mid-to-late 1969 and having it released not a month after the original Star Trek was canceled (for real this time) is about as revealing as it's possible for an amateur scholar of media history to hope for. However, I'm also not going to pretend I have anything remotely resembling original insight to offer about something this iconic: I'll just link you to this piece by Chris O'Leary out of Pushing Ahead of the Dame, which is pretty much the definitive take on “Space Oddity”, and just humbly ask for your patience as I ...

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