David Bowie: His 100 Favorite Reads

Do you think David B really read all of these books, or are they just cluttering his nightstand…Does it count if you claim to read books you actually only flip through when you can’t sleep?


Time to crack the books, Bowie fans. To celebrate the international tour of the critically-adored exhibit David Bowie… Is, which features art, film, costumes and photography from the music icon’s career, the London Evening Standard has a list of David Bowie’s 100 favorite reads.

The list was released by the archivist who helped curate the Bowie exhibit, which originally opened in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and is currently at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Comprised of novels, poetry, non-fiction and a few magazines, the list shows Bowie to be something a voracious and varied reader. In fact, Bowie is such a fan of the written word, reports the LES, that if he hadn’t become a musician, he’d have chosen a career as a novelist.

Superfans can peruse the list below to see how many Bowie-approved books they’ve already read — and add the rest to their “To…

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