READ David Bowie & Andrew Kolb’s "Space Oddity"

Posted by Grey Friday, September 2, 2011

And read it to the tune of David Bowie’s original critically acclaimed 1969 track.

"Space Oddity", David Bowie's classic hit single that was first released in 1969, was one of Bowie's most timeless songs with a heartbreaking story and an obvious reference to Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey."

With his latest pet project, artist Andrew Kolb took on an ambitious retelling of the classic song in the form of a children's book. Playing out the tragic space-spanning tale of Major Tom in an initial optimistic and bright retro palette, "Space Oddity" surprisingly is rejuvenated, giving us an all-new perspective on what happened to the infamous astronaut that was immortalized in Bowie's all-time classic.

In Kolb's own words:

DAVID BOWIE-INSPIRED CHILDREN'S BOOK

For my own jollies

Have you ever listened to a song and your mind's eye is immediately filled with visuals?

David Bowie's classic space epic is one such song for me. Every lyric paints such a vivid picture that I figured "Oh hey, I guess I'll make that into a children's book!" Yes, I talk like this.

Note: There is no physical version of this...yet. If you like the book, spread the word and we'll make this happen!


And after making the rounds online, Kolb made the entire book available as PDF ready for download at his webpage:

FULL SPACE ODDITY BOOK DOWNLOADING GOODNESS!

Hi friends. I don’t know what happened but my little Bowie project caught on like gangbusters! Thanks for all interest and inquiries regarding the book.

So, since I’m sure the legal action of Mr. Bowie would be swift and sparkly, I figured I’d offer the full book to download for free!

If you go here you’ll find a link to download the whole thing.

Enjoy and pass it along!


An intelligent study into the much-covered classic, Kold gave new meaning to the lyric, "And the stars look very different today", illustrating a new possibility of the tragic moon-faring trip of Major Tom. This is truly something not to be missed by both fans of Bowie or simply cool graphics. We highly implore you to read the pages from Kolb's interpretation while listening to the original classic song. And while you are at it, download the PDF while you still can.

Here's a YouTube video clip containing the original track, and hit the jump to check out the entire strip.






























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