Doubtlessly, David Bowie was —like Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and many others— a great song writer. But he was also a great and restless reader.
Literature had a great impact on his prolific career and on his composer side. His songs lyrics allow us to reread his vital periods and key moments in the contemporary history. Many of them had a great impact on several generations. And from that friction between verse and prose, and between sound and lyrics, Bowie achieved the charming sparks and fireworks attained by very few of his colleagues. Because, besides being a sublime songwriter, Bowie was an excellent creator of characters he applied to his own and ever-changing image. ‘Chameleon-like’ has probably been the adjective most frequently and indiscriminately used to describe his art. But also the more easily concise and reductive adjective used. If we analyze and reread the map of his favourite books and authors, we will reveal a true and really well orchestrated creation program that leads us to realize that, in fact, all the Bowies were the same Bowie. A manic-referential Bowie made up of the particle acceleration of others, that’s true. Ultimately, however, a Bowie that, even though yesterday he could be playing the occultist Alesteir Crowley, today the cut-up from William S. Burroughs, and tomorrow the nymphets from Vladimir Nabokov or the witches from Angela Carter, he was always offering the unique and indivisible personality of himself.
In this talk, Santi Carrillo and Rodrigo Fresán will float, weightless and observant, through Mayor Tom’s library to talk about this Bowie, all of them and many more, and to analyze the lyrics and record covers.
Santi Carrillo. Director of Rockdelux magazine
Santi is director of Rockdelux magazine since 1987, and consultant of Primavera Sound since 2002. He was in charge of the artistic direction of the BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical) festival and he collaborated with the paper El País in the History of Rock encyclopaedia. He is the author of several texts in collective works and has prefaced books about Joy Division, The Smiths or Los Planetas. He was columnist for Avui newspaper supplement Rock & Classic, columnist for the Rollingstone magazine, and has participated in radio stations such as iCat FM. In 2014 he was a member of the jury of the National Award of Contemporary Music, and in 2015 he was a member of the committee of experts of the AECID (Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development).
Rodrigo Fresán. Writer and professor at the Master on Literary Creation at the UPF Barcelona School of Management
Rodrigo Fresán was born in Buenos Aires in 1963. He is the author of several books: Historia argentina, Vidas de santos, Trabajos manuales, Esperanto, La velocidad de las cosas, Mantra, Jardines de Kensington, El fondo del cielo, La parte inventada, and La parte soñada. Many of them have been published in Germany, Brazil, Korea, United States, France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Rumania, Russia and Turkey.
Since 1999, Fresán lives in Barcelona, where he writes and collaborates with several national and international communication media on literature and pop culture, and he has translated, prefaced and commented on books from Ann Beattie, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Roberto Bolaño, John Cheever, Denis Johnson and Carson McCullers, among many others.
For several years now, he is professor at the Master in Literary Creation at the UPF Barcelona School of Management, where he teaches the approach to the North American modern tale, and the way this has (de)formed his own work.
VENUE and DATE
UPF Barcelona School of Management Auditorium (address: Balmes 132-134)
July, 20th at 7pm
After Talk at the rooftop with cold drinks and DJ set