Interviews, Articles



Some more to come, hopefully in a few months.

PAST EVENTS (thanks for coming, those who did)

Bowie, Iggy, and Post-Punk. Saturday 13 April 2019. Luthier’s Co-op, Easthampton MA. 4:15 PM. Part of a panel with Steve Waksman and Byron Coley as part of the Flywheel’s 20th anniversary weekend.

WFMU, The Evan “Funk” Davies Show, Wednesday 20 February 2019, 9 PM to midnight. Three hours of Bowie music and talk.

Thursday 21 February 2019, McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, New York. “The Songs of David Bowie: Chris O’Leary with Billy Hough.”

Monday 25 February 2019, Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th Street, Brooklyn. “Chris O’Leary and Rob Sheffield, In Conversation.”

Thursday 14 March 2019, Rough Trade East,

Saturday 16 March 2019, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester. “Ashes to Ashes: Talk with Owen Hatherley.”


James Sullivan, Boston Globe, From David Bowie’s Sound, a Writer’s Vision for a Song-by-Song Opus,”  January 2019.


Robert Barry, The Quietus, “Electric Blue: Chris O’Leary on David Bowie’s Sound and Vision,” January 2019.

Alessio Barretini, David Bowie Blackstar, “Pushing Ahead of the Dame,” October 2018.


Pitchfork, October 2018. Review of Bowie’s Loving the Alien box set.

The Bowie Book Club, May 2018.

Pitchfork, October 2017. Review of Brian Eno and John Cale’s Wrong Way Up.


Los Angeles Review of Books, 22 October 2016. “A Glitter-Run Through History,” review of Simon Reynolds’ Shock And Awe.


Mojo, No. 274, September 2016. “Soul On Ice” (a look at the early days of Young Americans).


Travels in Music, May 2016. Interviewed by Zachary Stockill for his podcast.


Aquarium Drunkard, 2 May 2016. A look through the catalog of covers of Bowie compositions.

Lust For Life: A Panel On Iggy Pop, 9 April 2016. A look at the life and times of Iggy Pop: a panel discussion with O’Leary and music scholar Steve Waksman. Easthampton Bookfest, 3 to 5 PM, Luthier’s Coop.

WFMU, The Evan “Funk” Davies Show, 13 January 2016. An interview on Bowie’s life and legacy.


Eruditorum Presscast, 13 January 2016. A talk with El Sandifer on Bowie’s life, his various intersections with Doctor Who, and all sorts of other digressions.


Slate, “The Making of ‘Sound and Vision’,” January 2016.

Slate, “There’s a Showman, Waiting in the Sky (Lazarus review),” December 2015.


New York, “A Taxonomy of David Bowie’s Many Personas and Their Imitators,” December 2015.

New Books in Pop Music Podcast

“New Books in Pop Music” podcast, June 2015.


Life Elsewhere, March 2015 – Interview with Norman B on his radio show.

Zero Squared, 25 March 2015 – An interview conducted by Doug Lain, novelist and Zero Books’ publisher.

Philly City Paper

Philadelphia City Paper, 8 April 2015 – An interview with Michael Pelusi.

Rebel Rebel: Book and Music Event, 11 April 2015 – Reading with musicians Matt Medeiros and Bob Fay.

Aquarium Drunkard

Aquarium Drunkard, 13 April 2015 – Thoughts on bootleg Bowie songs.

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WFMU The Evan “Funk” Davies Show, 27 April 2015 – Interview and survey of Bowie music.


Foyles, May 2015 – Q&A about Rebel Rebel.


Please email bowiesongs at gmail dot com.

3 Responses to Interviews, Articles

  1. Jonathan Wigmore says:

    Brilliant. Chris – will there be an opportunity to buy & get the book signed at Manchester on 16/3?

    • col1234 says:

      i think so—should have the details of that soon. it might not be in a bookstore.

      • Anonymous says:

        Can’t wait. Rebel Rebel is streets ahead of every other DB book I’ve read (& I’ve worked through most of them since the late 70s). Safe travels 🙂

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