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WITH BOWIE BETWEEN THE COVERS
ON HIS 1971 album Hunky Dory, David Bowie sang, ''And the solid book we wrote, cannot be found today.'' Well, now a little of the solid book he's writing can be found. In 2010, reports surfaced of Bowie: Object, a book about the bits and bobs that have informed Bowie's creative process. With beautiful images would be words penned by Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane/the Thin White Duke himself. Bowie's own website soon confirmed the book's existence: ''This is one of those stories that has leaked out way ahead of our intended announcement Suffice to say that David Bowie has been working on a book [about] a collection of pieces from the Bowie archive [featuring] 100 fascinating items.'' Finally, details of the content have been leaked. Among the 100 objects are a Minimoog keyboard, an issue of Female Mimics magazine and a pair of Wiss Haberdashery Scissors. Particularly intriguing is the entry: ''64. Prototype Ziggy Stardust Boots.'' As Bowie writes in the leaked text: ''Before I came under Japanese influence, the costume for Ziggy was largely based on the uniform of the Droogs in A Clockwork Orange, which was another contemporaneous obsession of mine. I wanted to devise a multi-coloured version of the Droogs' monochrome ensemble of white jumpsuits and black boots. Prototype footwear was made by a chap called Stan at Greenaway & Sons in Penge, south-east London. Unfortunately though, these prototypes proved unsuitable: the patent leather was far too rigid to wear on stage, as it restricted the mobility in my ankles, added to which the iridescent finish (described by Mick Ronson as looking like 'a melted-down bowling ball') was quite dramatically out of keeping with rather more muted colours of the costume fabrics.'' The attention to detail makes today's rockers sound soporific
what a beautiful thread, tell the others.