chapter  13
David Bowie: the Extraordinary Rock Star as Film Star
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Popular music stars are often relegated to the margins of cinematic star studies, mainly because of their lack of commercial and critical success and the perceived “limits” of their acting ability (Dickinson, 2008: 155-188). There have been relatively few studies1 that have examined these stars as film stars, partially due to the fact that success and failure are debatable terms in regards to crossover music stars. Underpinning success and failure, and indeed whether or not people choose to view these music stars as film stars, is an assumption that their music stardom has and always will eclipse their film stardom.