THE DEBUT NOVEL BY KITTY RIGGS; WHAT IF BOWIE WERE A WOMAN?
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Red boots stand in salute on stage. Silently they ooze audacity, the stench of easiness rubbing off the leather. One blue eye, on brown piercing through the crowd of effervescent younguns ready for a revolution. The guitar strapped to his neck, the microphone to his sweaty lips, even the makeup dripping off his skin doesn't feel obnoxious about bragging the fact it's on his skin. David Bowie's skin. And what an honour it must be to be the lipstick smeared on his lips. His South London teeth singing melodies of outer space. His legs like gaudy pinstripes on a pair of stilts, rising to the hips gyrating in pure euphoria. His ability to make the ordinary, extraordinary. His knack of looking like 'Bowie' without ever defining exactly who 'Bowie' is.
So, what if Bowie were a woman?
The title, 'What if Bowie were a woman?' is the main point of the book, and explores the question of whether gender can influence people's chances at succeeding in their career; by switching an already famed androgynous figure into a digestible 'female' character. It is a fictional biography experience that follows the life of 'Penny Jones,' navigating her way through her career in the music industry and her journey through womanhood.
There are nights in treehouses recording 'Space Oddity;' late-night double-decker bus thieving; water system contaminating with Viagra at prom; there's a sunrise performance at the second-ever Glastonbury; time in Berlin during the turbulence of the Berlin Wall; a thousand audacious outfits and a woman sticking a bloody tampon, straight out of her vagina, into the shocked, open mouth of her guitarist.
What more could you want?