This in-depth and highly visual chronology charts the rise of one of the most formidable artists of our time, David Bowie, from his birth in London in 1947 to the height of his success in 1974 with the release of his album "Diamond Dogs" - and his departure from the UK. Author Kevin Cann has worked on reissues of his back catalog as well as anniversary releases. His role as a Bowie archivist for nearly twenty years has allowed him to amass extremely rare photographs and memorabilia which are combined with interviews with a hundred of Bowie's friends and associates. Bowie's manager (1967-1970), Ken Pitt, has contributed an introduction. Rare images featured include Bowie modeling for a Carnaby Street fashion spread feature and photos of Bowie posing with life-size models of The Beatles from "Yellow Submarine" in 1968. Also included are rare outtakes from the "The Man Who Sold The World, " Bowie relaxing at home in Beckenham, Kent, dressed in his early "Ziggy Stardust" cover costume, backstage at the Rainbow Theatre in 1972. Other special features include original and previously unknown source imagery for early album covers and contracts, telegrams, and letters.