Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded

<i>Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded</i>

Melville House

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Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA  90069
310-659-3110
Science fiction has always influenced film, TV, literature and gaming, but what about music? In Jason Heller's new book, Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded ($26.99, Melville House), which he signs tonight, the Denver-based author argues that sci-fi is as much a part of rock & roll as sex and drugs. Bowie and the gentle giants of prog rock are obvious benchmarks; Heller covers nearly all of Bowie's discography, from 1969's Space Oddity to his final record, 2016's Blackstar. Heller also breaks down the 1970s year by year (bookended by the late '60s and early '80s) to look at how sci-fi — 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, J.G. Ballard, Doctor Who, etc. — impacted pop, funk, heavy metal, disco and post-punk artists as well, from Rush to Parliament-Funkadelic to X-Ray Spex.

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