David Bowie’s new book ‘Bowie: Object’ rocks the Frankfurt Book Fair


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One of the hottest properties making the rounds at that annual festival of literary wheeling and dealing, the Frankfurt Book Fair, isn’t some tome by the hot young author du jour. It’s a hard-to-classify work of nonfiction by a veteran rock star. Call it a book oddity.

To hear it from reports coming out of Frankfurt over the last four days, David Bowie’s mysterious secret project, “Bowie: Object,” has been generating a hive of buzz. Word of the book first leaked on the Publishers Weekly website last week, forcing the Thin White Duke to address its existence on


“We still don’t want to give too much away just yet, suffice to say that David Bowie has been working on a book called ‘Bowie: Object,’ ” a post on the site reads.

It goes on to describe the property as “a collection of pieces from the Bowie archive, wherein, for the first time, fans and all those interested in popular culture will have the opportunity to understand more about the Bowie creative process and his impact on modern popular music.”

“ ‘Bowie: Object’ features 100 fascinating items that give an insight into the life of one of the most unique music and fashion icons in history. The book’s pictorial content is annotated with insightful, witty and personal text written by Bowie himself,” the post says.

No publication date has been yet announced. According to’s Tim Adler, the “Diamond Dogs” performer is set to deliver the manuscript to his prestigious literary agent Andrew Wylie (who also reps such bigshot authors as Dave Eggers, Salman Rushdie and Philip Roth) in December –- the opening salvo for what could become an illustrated set of “Bowie: Object” books.

“Wylie is telling publishers at Frankfurt that it’s the first in a series of books by Bowie and I’m told there’s lots of interest,” Adler writes.

-- Chris Lee

Top photo: David Bowie poses beside his Rolls Royce in May 1973. Credit: Associated Press