chapter  11
Authorship, Agency and Visual Analysis: Reading (some) Bowie Album Covers
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David Bowie’s album covers are a valuable resource for researchers across many disciplines. Some work has been done in ‘reading’ specific covers in order to support deeper investigations into, particularly, Bowie’s music and cultural impact.1 In this chapter, however, the album covers themselves remain the sole investigative focus. I concentrate on eight covers that demonstrate a progressive diminishing ‘authorship’, starting with his self-titled debut (1967) and concluding with Diamond Dogs (1974). I also include a consideration of The Next Day (2013) as an addendum.