Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded

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A Hugo Award-winner explores the massive influence that science fiction has had on popular music, particularly on David Bowie and the heady, experimental 1970s scene

In the 1960s and 70s old mores and lingering repressions were falling away, replaced with a new kind of hedonistic freedom that included sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Although it didn’t factor into the stereotype, it also included science fiction.

Strange Stars tells the story of how incredibly well read artists–David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and many more–brought Sci Fi’s cosmic flare to their lyrics, sounds, and styles, and changed pop music forever.