First of all, I refuse to write about this monumental anniversary as if it's some sort of eulogy, forpitysake. It's hard to believe it was 40 years ago today David Bowie released "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". I'll have to admit, I knew nearly nothing about this legend back then. I was 10 years old and was really into Three Dog Night (which was edgy for a third grader, I suppose?), and I my mom was NOT into Bowie whatsoever. Granted, Mommy was really cool about music and film, I just think Ziggy Stardust was probably a bit much for her.
ANYziggy. This was the very beginning of what the media dubbed "The Chameleon" of rock 'n roll because of Bowie's ability to change personae and actually live as the particular character he imagined. (The Thin White Duke) is my personal favorite, but that's not who we are discussing today...we'll save that for another day.
It's virtually impossible to find an artist today who hasn't been somehow influenced by David Bowie in terms of reinventing their image, style or type of music throughout their career. Everyone from Madonna, Michael Jackson (RIP) and Lady Gaga all clearly have David Bowie, The Icon to thank in some way for their success.
The closest I was able to seeing Ziggy live was by attending "Space Oddity: David Brighton's Tribute to David Bowie" -- which really was fantastic. Please DO see this show if given the opportunity.
What's your favorite Ziggy song?
Written by: Diva Julia
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