David Bowie and Philosophy: Rebel, Rebel
Rebel, Rebel is another great addition to the pop culture and philosophy series, this time focusing on music legend David Bowie. I grew up listening to Bowie’s music of the 70s, which my parents enjoyed. Then, of course, there was Labyrinth, which ranks third among my most favorite childhood movies.
There are four sections looking at different aspects of Bowie, his life, and his career. I enjoyed all of these essays. I love that the pop culture and philosophy books get you to really think, posing interesting questions, and fascinating perceptions centered around the subject at hand. I really like that they are from all different authors, so you get a wide array of perceptions on any given topic. One person might see something one way, and the very next essay will present the idea from a 180 degree angle. Just as a warning for the more casual reader, these are indeed textbook quality essays of a philosophical nature, with some of them delving into matters pretty deep.
Among my favorites were: “The Actor Tells the Truth,” which takes a look at Bowie’s authenticity, both to himself and to the personas he cloaked himself in. He saw himself as a producer and wanted to change the way rock was viewed. He wanted to make musicals and brought that pageantry to his songs.
“The Babe with the Power”–well, how could I not like an essay on Labyrinth? This essay, commenting on questions of perceived reality, had me stopping and comparing Labyrinth to Inception, another movie that plays with perceived reality.
Highly recommended if you love David Bowie and his works and/or enjoy philosophy.
Theodore G. Ammon, Editor