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HUNKY DORY

Bowie’s first RCA release was a watershed moment, which saw him feed a wide array of styles through his unique prism to create his first work of genius. John Pickford faces the strange
A pre-fame, pre-glam Bowie chills out playing guitar and having a sneaky fag

Released just before Christmas 1971, Hunky Dory is an album that was out of its time. Recorded after the proto-metal The Man Who Sold The World and immediately before the groundbreaking glam of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust…, Hunky Dory sounds, on first listen, like an easy listening singer-songwriter album. Now regarded as Bowie’s first truly magnificent work, a closer inspection reveals the album to be one of Bowie’s darkest and most ambiguous statements, referencing, as it does, the occult and Greek mythology while name-checking Dylan, Lennon, Warhol and even Mickey Mouse.

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The David Bowie Vinyl Buyer's Bible is the complete guide to building the ultimate Bowie collection on vinyl. Brought to you by the team behind Long Live Vinyl magazine, this 132-page collector's special features in-depth articles on each of Bowie's 27 studio albums - from his self-titled debut via Ziggy and the Berlin Trilogy to Blackstar. The Buyer's Bible also packs in expert guides to collecting the key albums, written by seasoned record-dealing pros and Bowie fanatics, which will help you spot valuable rarities and priceless curiosities in the minefield that is the second-hand Bowie vinyl market. If that's not enough, you'll find an exhaustive Essential feature, which ranks every one of the great man's albums and our Choice Cuts pieces, in which our collecting experts dig out the rare hidden gems that you need to own. Whether you're a Bowie completist looking to value your precious collection or new to vinyl and seeking advice on how to kick off your Bowie collecting career, everything you need is inside the pages of the David Bowie Vinyl Buyer's Bible.