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DIAMOND DOGS

Bowie’s first major post-Ziggy work was a dark onslaught of Orwellian paranoia. Andy Price explores an album of new surroundings, and the artist’s ‘glitter apocalypse’
Bowie on the Diamond Dogs tour at Boston Music Hall in 1974

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four had a profound effect on Bowie, having first read the novel several years prior to the creation of the Ziggy Stardust character. The influence of Orwell’s chilling portent of things to come was woven deeply into the tapestry that made up the Ziggy narrative, yet 1974’s Diamond Dogs was Bowie’s first proper post Ziggy-period creative project, discounting the hurried covers album Pin Ups, and wasn’t just heavily inspired by Orwell’s masterwork. It was originally conceived as a fully-fledged soundtrack record to accompany a full-scale stage production of the novel.

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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.