Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mick Rock, The Rise of David Bowie (TASCHEN, signed and personalized)

This evening I stopped over at the TASCHEN Bookstore on my way home from work to get a copy of Mick Rock's The Rise of David Bowie signed by the man himself. This is the smaller, more affordable edition of last year's signed-by-Bowie limited edition, and is impressively comparable. TASCHEN's "unlimited" editions are managing more and more to almost de-value their first, limited incarnations -- this book is remarkably huge, has a lenticular cover like the Collector's Edition, and the reproductions are stellar.

If you were ever thinking about how cool it would have been to have the limited edition, then this book is a must-buy, especially at its retail price of $70. It's really really nice, just missing the clamshell case, edition number and Starman's signature (sigh). I was also pleased to see it includes an essay by Michael Bracewell, who has written some outstanding things I've happened upon lately.

Mick was a blast, chatting with everyone, personalizing each book with some cheeky, scribbled fun. (The guy before me got a BUGGER OFF! in his book.) Mine is below:

Currently Reading:
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Currently Listening to:
Arthur Russell, "Another Thought"

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