Happy Birthday Ziggy Stardust.

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars ...

We can’t let today go by without a little nod to David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. It was released today, June 16th, way back in 1972. It is most probably Bowie’s most famous album, full of easy to listen tunes it was his first major success. However, he had already released 3 great albums, Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World and Hunky Dory. They were all very different from each other, from the hefty guitar of TMWSTW to the folky Hunky Dory. They were full of fabulous songs yet it was Bowie’s persona of Ziggy, probably the pinnacle of the Glam Rock era, seen on TV shows like Top of The Pops, that resonated with the youth of the time. A sort of concept album about a beloved otherworldly pop superstar culminating in the last track ‘Rock and Roll Suicide’. The whole package found or, one might argue, made the perfect time for its introduction. Bowie the Starman had landed. From then on millions of us became followers of all the Bowies to come.

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