25 de nov. de 2022


"A moving look at how Ziggy Stardust came to be."

– Observer

"Big, bold and original."

– Mojo

This book unravels all the influences that brought Ziggy Stardust to life. The most important book ever written about the persona Bowie embodied for a year, documenting the epic drama of the Starman's short and memorable stint on our planet, and explaining why Bowie had to kill him.

It was the greatest invention in pop music history – the rock god from the stars, an idea that hit young David Bowie like a bolt of lightning. The brilliant alien named Ziggy was a revolutionary figure for many reasons. As he would describe himself: “Partly enigmatic. Partially fossil”.

When the glam alien landed on Earth, Bowie was transformed into the superstar who would change music forever.

He was the kabukimono. He was Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". The Martian Invasion by H.G. Wells. Gustav Holst's Cosmic Symphony. The face of Greta Garbo in the 20th century. Lightning in a blackshirt pamphlet. Elvis Presley's rock and Little Richard's roll. The unidentified object flashing on Air Force radar. The hole dug by Professor Quartermass. He was Vince Taylor's madness. The surface of Andy Warhol and the soul of the Velvet Underground. Moondog's lonely mystery. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy. He was Iggy Pop. It was as weird as a clockwork orange.

He was all those things, combined into one fabulous creature. This being called Ziggy Stardust.

“I'm someone who can take on the looks of people I know. I can change my accent within seconds of meeting someone and I can imitate their accent. I always believed that I collect. I'm a collector. I've always collected personalities, for some reason.” (Ziggy Stardust)

"This is a book about Ziggy Stardust, the alien pop star who inhabited the mind, voice and pants of David Bowie from roughly late 1971 until his death onstage at the Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973.

It's the story of how Ziggy got inside Bowie's head and what happened after he got there.

It's the story of how long it took civilization to grasp the concept of Ziggy Stardust and how quickly it took a human to follow that alien's will to the point of committing suicide.

This book is primarily the story of Ziggy Stardust. Sometimes it's the David Bowie story.

All events, locations, and characters in this book are based on evidence obtained through documentary evidence and eyewitness accounts.

This book was written with love –

By Ziggy, Ronno, Weird and Gilly.

For art and outer space.

For glamor and rock 'n' roll.

For youth and hope.

By glitter and nail polish.

And for everyone who, like the author, chose to live looking at the stars.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ebury Digital; Reprint edition (March 28, 2013)
Language ‏ : ‎ English Edition by Simon Goddard (Author)
File size ‏ : ‎ 8159 KB
Text Reading ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Screen reader ‏ : ‎ Compatible
Font Setting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
Vocabulary Tips ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Number of pages ‏ : ‎ 354 pages

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