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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
ZiggyStardust.jpg
Studio album by David Bowie
Released 16 June 1972
Recorded 8–17 November 1971; January 1972–4 February 1972
Studio Trident Studios, London
Genre
Length 38:29
Label RCA Records
Producer
David Bowie chronology
Hunky Dory
(1971)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
(1972)
Aladdin Sane
(1973)
Singles from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
and the Spiders from Mars
  1. "Starman" / "Suffragette City"
    Released: 28 April 1972
  2. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"
    Released: 11 April 1974

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (often shortened to Ziggy Stardust) is the fifth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 16 June 1972 in the United Kingdom. Bowie himself and Ken Scott produced the album. It features contributions from Bowie's backup band, the Spiders from Mars, who consisted of Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Mick Woodmansey. The album was recorded in Trident Studios, London. The initial sessions, which produced a large part of the album, went from 8 to 17 November 1971, with final sessions from January to February 1972.

Described as a loose concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is about Bowie's titular alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a fictional androgynous bisexual rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings. Bowie created Ziggy Stardust while in New York City promoting Hunky Dory, and performed as him on the Ziggy Stardust Tour through the United Kingdom, Japan and North America. The album, and the character of Ziggy Stardust, was known for its glam rock influences and themes of sexual exploration and social commentary. Besides that, the ambiguity surrounding Bowie's sexuality and a performance of "Starman" on Top of the Pops brought public attention to the album. A concert film of the same name, directed by D. A. Pennebaker, was recorded in 1973 and released a decade later in 1983.

Considered Bowie's breakthrough album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars peaked at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart and number 75 in the US Billboard 200 chart, and has sold 7.5 million copies worldwide, as of January 2016. Upon release, the album received widespread critical acclaim and has been considered one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked it 35th on their list of the greatest albums of all time. It was ranked the 41st by Q magazine, and one of the 100 greatest releases ever by Time magazine. In 2017, the album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or artistically significant" by the Library of Congress.

Concept and themes[edit]

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars is about a bisexual alien rock superstar, called Ziggy Stardust.[1][2] Ziggy Stardust was not conceived as a concept album,[3] with much of the story written after Bowie had already finished it.[4] The characters were androgynous. Mick "Woody" Woodmansey, drummer for Bowie's backing band the Spiders from Mars said the clothes had "femininity and sheer outrageousness", and that the characters' looks "definitely appealed to our rebellious artistic instincts".[5]

Singer Vince Taylor (pictured in 1963), one of the main inspirations for the character Ziggy Stardust.

The character was inspired by British rock 'n' roll singer Vince Taylor, whom David Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien.[6][7] However, Taylor was only part of the blueprint for the character.[8] Other influences included the Legendary Stardust Cowboy[9] and Kansai Yamamoto, who designed the costumes Bowie wore during the tour.[10] The Ziggy Stardust name came partly from the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, and partly because Ziggy was "one of the few Christian names I could find beginning with the letter 'Z'".[11] In 1990, Bowie explained that the "Ziggy" part came from a tailor's shop called Ziggy's that he passed on a train. He liked it because it had "that Iggy [Pop] connotation but it was a tailor's shop, and I thought, Well, this whole thing is gonna be about clothes, so it was my own little joke calling him Ziggy. So Ziggy Stardust was a real compilation of things."[12][13]

Within the album's universe, the humanity will end within five years, because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy Stardust starts to believe in the existence of "infinites", extraterrestrial beings who are black hole jumpers, and in a spaceman who will be coming down to save the Earth. According to Bowie, he "takes himself up to the incredible spiritual heights and is kept alive by his disciples". During the song "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide", the infinites arrive, and tear Ziggy Stardust to pieces on stage, taking his elements to become visible.[14]

Recording and production[edit]

The album's recording sessions took place at Trident Studios in London, using a 16-track 3M M56 tape machine.[15] The first sessions started on 8 November 1971,[16] and there were posterior sessions until 4 February 1972.[17] Bowie said that he had recorded "about half of the Ziggy album" before Hunky Dory was released, claiming that he had to release Hunky Dory due to his recording contract with his label.[18] Early versions of the tracks "Ziggy Stardust", "Moonage Daydream" and "Hang On to Yourself" were written by Bowie in February 1971; the latter two were also recorded in the day 25 of the same month, at Radio Luxembourg's studios. In March 1971, at the same studio, Bowie recorded a stereo demo of "Lady Stardust". Sessions in November 1971 produced the final versions of the aforementioned four songs, along with "Rock 'n' Roll Star" (later shortened to "Star"), "Soul Love", and "Five Years" and other unreleased tracks.[19] In 2012, album producer Ken Scott said that "95 percent of the vocals on the four albums I did with him as producer, they were first takes."[17]

Also recorded during the November sessions were five more songs: two covers, Chuck Berry's "Around and Around" (re-titled "Round and Round") and Jacques Brel's "Amsterdam" (re-titled "Port of Amsterdam"); and three original tracks: "Velvet Goldmine", "Bombers", and a re-recording of "Holy Holy". All these songs were initially slated for the album.[15][19] Bowie also intended "All the Young Dudes",[20] "Rebel Rebel" and "Rock 'n' Roll with Me" to be on a Ziggy Stardust musical, which was later aborted.[21][22]

RCA executive Dennis Katz rejected the album at first, stating that there wasn't a single on it.[23] Then, Bowie wrote "Starman", the final song on the album, which was completed in 4 February 1972. Bowie handled it to Katz, who convince Bowie to release it as a single and include it in the album. "Starman", then, replaced "Round and Round" in the album.[24] The song was released as a single on 28 April 1972, and became a hit after a successful performance on the programme Top of the Pops.[25][26] The Ron Davies cover "It Ain't Easy", recorded on 9 July 1971 during the Hunky Dory sessions, closed the first side of the album.[19] After recording some of the new songs for radio presenter Bob Harris's Sounds of the 70s as the newly dubbed Spiders from Mars in January 1972, the band returned to Trident in early February to record the final master takes of "Starman", "Suffragette City" and "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide".[27]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Style and influences[edit]

The sound of Ziggy Stardust was inspired by Jimi Hendrix and King Crimson.[28]

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics discuss the artificiality of rock music in general, political issues, drug use, and sexual orientation.[29]

Composition[edit]

Ziggy Stardust has been retrospectively described as glam rock[30][31][32] and proto-punk.[33] Mick Ronson used an electric guitar plugged to a 100-watt Marshall amplifier and a wah-wah pedal in all songs,[17] and Bowie's acoustic guitar rhythm is also present in all the album.[32] The album begins with the track "Five Years", which opens with a minimalist drum figure. The track contains a repeated diatonic chord progression, resembling early 1950s rock and roll music.[34] The next track, "Soul Love", has a pop-jazz orchestration. In the song, Bowie's vocals are double tracked, which gives an effect of two people singing and suggests a band performance. Bowie also performs the alto saxophone.[35] The following track, "Moonage Daydream", uses harmonic and melodic hooks, and heavy metal-style percussions and guitar.[35] The Ron Davies cover "It Ain't Easy" is the only song in the album that was not written by Bowie.[36] The track closes the first side of the album.

"Lady Stardust" has a moderate tempo, piano accompaniment and a pop hook.[36] "Star" has a "piano-based retro feel".[36] The guitar and Bowie's and Ronson's arrangement on "Hang on to Yourself" resemble late 1970s punk rock.[36] "Suffragette City", the album's penultimate song, is a "straight-ahead" track[37] which contains a saxophone-like section, produced with an ARP 2500 synthesiser.[15] The album closer "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" has a simple and "long-standing" chord progression and a minimalist acoustic guitar texture, which builds as the song reaches its climax.[32][38]

Artwork and packaging[edit]

Commemorative plaque for Ziggy Stardust in Heddon Street, where the original album cover photo was taken.

The album cover photograph was taken by Mick Rock[39] outside furriers "K. West" at 23 Heddon Street, London[40] in January 1972,[41] looking south-east towards the centre of the city. Bowie said of the sign, "It's such a shame that sign went [was removed]. People read so much into it. They thought 'K. West' must be some sort of code for 'quest.' It took on all these sort of mystical overtones."[42] The post office in the background (now "The Living Room, W1" bar) was the site of London's first nightclub, The Cave of the Golden Calf, which opened in 1912. As part of street renovations, in April 1997 a red "K series" phonebox was returned to the street, replacing a modern blue phonebox, which in turn had replaced the original phonebox featured on the rear cover.[43]

Of the album's packaging in general, Bowie said:

We did the photographs outside on a rainy night, and then upstairs in the studio we did the Clock Orange look-alikes that became the inner sleeve. The idea was to hit a look somewhere between the Malcolm McDowell thing with the one mascaraed eyelash and insects. It was the era of Wild Boys, by William S. Burroughs. That was a really heavy book that had come out in about 1970, and it was a cross between that and Clockwork Orange that really started to put together the shape and the look of what Ziggy and the Spiders were going to become. They were both powerful pieces of work, especially the marauding boy gangs of Burrough's Wild Boys with their bowie knives. I got straight on to that. I read everything into everything. Everything had to be infinitely symbolic."[42]

The cover was among the ten chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of "Classic Album Cover" postage stamps issued in January 2010.[44][45] The rear cover of the original vinyl album bore the instruction "TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME". The instruction was omitted, however, from the EMI 1999 re-release.[46]

In March 2012, The Crown Estate, which owns Regent Street and Heddon Street, installed a commemorative brown plaque at 23 Heddon Street in the same place as the "K. West" sign on the cover photo. The unveiling was attended by original band members Mick Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder, and was unveiled by Gary Kemp.[41] The plaque was the first to be installed by The Crown Estate and is one of the few plaques in the country devoted to fictional characters.[47]

Release and promotion[edit]

Widely considered to be Bowie's breakthrough album,[48][49][50] Ziggy Stardust was released on 16 June 1972 in the UK.[51] There was an ambiguity surrounding Bowie's sexuality (even after Bowie declaring himself as gay)[52][53] and a performance of "Starman" on Top of the Pops[25] brought public attention to the album.[54]

Tour[edit]

David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust Tour.

In promotion of Ziggy Stardust, Bowie went on the Ziggy Stardust Tour.[55] It started in the United Kingdom in 29 January to 7 September 1972.[56] The tour lasted eighteen months, which had also passed through United States, Canada and Japan, had more than 170 gigs.[57] Bowie announced the end of the tour on 3 July 1973,[58] at the Hammersmith Apollo.[59]

Commercial performance[edit]

Ziggy Stardust entered the top 10 in its second week on the UK Albums Chart. After dropping down the chart in late 1972 the album began climbing the chart again, peaking at No. 5 in February 1973.[60] The album was released several weeks earlier in the US and peaked at No. 75 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart in April 1973.[61] It was eventually certified platinum and gold in the UK and US respectively.[62][63] The first single from the album, "Starman", charted at No. 10 in the UK while peaking at No. 65 in the US.

The album returned to the UK chart on 31 January 1981, amid the New Romantic era that Bowie had helped inspire. This reissue peaked at No. 33 and remained on the chart for 62 weeks. It was followed by a reissue of Aladdin Sane, which spent the first of 24 weeks on the chart in March 1982.[64] In the wake of Bowie's death in January 2016, the album reached a new peak of No. 21 in the US.[65] It has sold an estimated 7.5 million worldwide, making it Bowie's second-best-selling album.[66][67]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[68]
Blender 5/5 stars[69]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[70]
Christgau's Record Guide B+[71]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 stars[72]
Pitchfork 10/10[52]
Q 5/5 stars[73]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[74]
Spin 5/5 stars[75]
Uncut 5/5 stars[76]

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars received widespread acclaim by music critics. In Rolling Stone, dated 20 July 1972, writer Richard Cromelin gave the album a favourable review of "at least a 99" (assumed out of 100). But while Cromelin thought it was good, he felt that the record and its style might not be of lasting interest. "We should all say a brief prayer," he suggested, "that his fortunes are not made to rise and fall with the fate of the 'drag-rock' syndrome".[77][78] Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote for AllMusic: "Bowie succeeds not in spite of his pretensions but because of them, and Ziggy Stardust — familiar in structure, but alien in performance — is the first time his vision and execution met in such a grand, sweeping fashion."[68] Greg Kot, writing for Chicago Tribune, described the album as a "guitar-fueled song cycle", saying it "enacted the deaths of Joplin, Morrison, Hendrix and the '60s and presaged the dread, decadence and eroticism of a new era."[70]

Accolades[edit]

In 1987, as part of their 20th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 6 on "The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years".[79] In 1997, Ziggy Stardust was named the 20th greatest album of all time in a Music of the Millennium poll conducted in the UK.[80] It was named the 35th best album ever made by Rolling Stone. In 2004, it was placed at number 81 in Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1970s.[81] In 2006, Q magazine readers placed it at number 41,[82] In the same year, the album was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best albums of all time.[83] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[84] In 2013, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it 35th on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[85]

Legacy[edit]

In 2004, Brazilian singer Seu Jorge did a cover album of 14 Bowie songs, many of them from Ziggy Stardust, as a soundtrack for the film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.[86] Seu Jorge would later re-recorded as a solo album called The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions. The album's liner notes, Bowie wrote "Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with".[87] Musician Saul Williams named his 2007 album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, a play on the title of Bowie's album.[88]

In 2012, on the 40th anniversary of the album's release, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the location of the cover photo on Heddon Street in London. After Bowie's death from cancer on 10 January 2016, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 to achieve a new peak of No. 21. The album was covered as part of rock band Phish's Halloween 'musical costume' on 31 October 2016.[89] In March 2017, the album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or artistically significant" by the Library of Congress.[90] In the June of the same year, an extinct species of wasp was named Archaeoteleia astropulvis after Ziggy Stardust ("astropulvis" is Latin for "stardust").[91][92]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Five Years" 4:42
2. "Soul Love" 3:34
3. "Moonage Daydream" 4:40
4. "Starman" 4:10
5. "It Ain't Easy" (Ron Davies) 2:58
Total length: 20:04
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Lady Stardust" 3:22
7. "Star" 2:47
8. "Hang On to Yourself" 2:40
9. "Ziggy Stardust" 3:13
10. "Suffragette City" 3:25
11. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" 2:58
Total length: 18:25 38:29

Personnel[edit]

Original album[edit]

Adapted from liner notes of Ziggy Stardust[93] and AllMusic.[94]

Additional personnel

Technical

Re-releases[edit]

  • Dr. Toby Mountain – remastering engineer (for Rykodisc release)
  • Jonathan Wyner – assistant remastering engineer (for Rykodisc release)
  • Peter Mew – remastering engineer (for EMI release)
  • Nigel Reeve – assistant remastering engineer (for EMI release)
  • George Underwood – artwork

CD releases[edit]

Ziggy Stardust was first released on CD in November 1984 by RCA. The digital master recording was made from the equalised master tapes used for the LP release.[95]

1990 Rykodisc/EMI[edit]

Dr. Toby Mountain remastered Ziggy at Northeastern Digital Recording, Southborough, Massachusetts,[96] from the original master tapes for Rykodisc, who released it with five bonus tracks:

  1. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (1979 remix of 1972 single) – 2:43
  2. "Velvet Goldmine" (Single B-side from the 1975 RCA re-release of "Space Oddity"; original recording from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars sessions, 1971) – 3:09
  3. "Sweet Head" (Previously unreleased outtake) – 4:14
  4. "Ziggy Stardust" (Demo) – 3:35
  5. "Lady Stardust" (Demo) – 3:35

1999 EMI/Virgin[edit]

The album was remastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios and released on 6 September 1999 by EMI without bonus material – the same track listing as the original LP and 1984 CD release.

2002 EMI/Virgin[edit]

On 16 July 2002, a 2-disc version was released by EMI/Virgin. The first in a series of 30th Anniversary 2CD Editions, this release included a newly remastered version as its first CD. The remaster on this edition reverses the left and right stereo channels on the first disc and many of the songs have been edited. Among other things, the three-note bridge between "Ziggy Stardust" and "Suffragette City", and the count-in to "Hang on to Yourself" are missing.[97]

The second disc contains twelve tracks, most of which had been previously released on CD as bonus tracks of the 1990–92 reissues. "Sweet Head" is the same version as on the 1990 reissue, but with extended studio banter in the beginning. The new mix of "Moonage Daydream" was originally done for a 1998 Dunlop television commercial. The bonus tracks:

  1. "Moonage Daydream" (Arnold Corns version) – 3:53
  2. "Hang on to Yourself" (Arnold Corns version) – 2:55
  3. "Lady Stardust" (Demo) – 3:34
  4. "Ziggy Stardust" (Demo) – 3:38
  5. "John, I'm Only Dancing" – 2:49
  6. "Velvet Goldmine" – 3:14
  7. "Holy Holy" (1971 re-recording) – 2:26
  8. "Amsterdam" (Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman) – 3:25
  9. "The Supermen" (Alternate version, recorded for the Glastonbury Fayre in 1971, originally released on Glastonbury Fayre Revelations – A Musical Anthology, 1972[98] and on CD on 1990s Rykodisc/EMI Hunky Dory) – 2:41
  10. "Round and Round" (Chuck Berry) – 2:44
  11. "Sweet Head" – 4:53
  12. "Moonage Daydream" (New mix) – 4:47

All tracks written by David Bowie, except as noted.[97]

At the same time, a hybrid SACD version was released, which includes high resolution stereo and 5.1 mixes.

Personnel (only on tracks where it differs from album)

  • David Bowie – vocals (tracks 1, 2), guitar (tracks 1, 2 and 4,) piano (tracks 1–3)
  • Freddie Burretti – vocals (tracks 1, 2)
  • Peter De Somogyl – bass guitar (tracks 1, 2)
  • Mark Carr Pritchard – guitar (tracks 1, 2)
  • Tim Broadbent – drums (tracks 1, 2)
  • Lindsay Scott – violin (track 5)

2012 EMI/Virgin[edit]

On 4 June 2012, a "40th Anniversary Edition" was released by EMI/Virgin. This edition was remastered by original Trident Studios' engineer Ray Staff (at London's AIR Studios).

It was made available on CD and a special, limited edition format of vinyl featuring the new 2012 remaster, together with a 5.1 mix and high resolution audio on DVD, including previously unreleased 5.1 and stereo bonus 2003 Ken Scott mixes of the album, as well as of "Moonage Daydream" (instrumental), "The Supermen", "Velvet Goldmine" and "Sweet Head".[99]

The 2012 remaster of the album and the 2003 remix were both included in the 2015 box set Five Years 1969–1973.[100][101] The album, in its 2012 remastering, was also rereleased separately, in 2015–2016, in CD, vinyl, and digital formats.[102]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak position
1972 UK Albums Chart[103] 5
1973 US Billboard 200[104] 75
2016 US Billboard 200[105] 21
2016 US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[106] 3

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak position
1972 "Starman" UK Singles Chart 10[107]
1972 "Starman" Billboard Pop Singles 65[108]
1974 "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" UK Singles Chart 22[107]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[109] Platinum 1,500,000[110]
United States (RIAA)[111] Gold $1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auslander 2006, p. 120
  2. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1 June 1974). "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Woodmansey 2017, p. 112
  4. ^ O'Leary 2015: "Bowie wrote much of the Ziggy story after he made the album, having just sketched out a few plot points in a notebook".
  5. ^ Woodmansey 2017, p. 123
  6. ^ "BBC – BBC Radio 4 Programmes – Ziggy Stardust Came from Isleworth". BBC. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Leper Messiah : Vince Taylor". davidbowie.com. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Mahoney, Elisabeth (20 August 2010). "Ziggy Stardust Came from Isleworth – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Schinder & Schwartz 2008, p. 448
  10. ^ Waldrep 2004, pp. 111–112
  11. ^ "11-14". The Observer. 20 June 2004. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  12. ^ Campbell 2005
  13. ^ Bowie, David (25 August 2009). "David Bowie interview by Paul Du Noyer 1990" (Interview). Interview with Paul Du Noyer. Retrieved 26 April 2011.  In: "David Bowie". Q. No. 43. April 1990. 
  14. ^ Burroughs & Lotringer 2001, p. 231
  15. ^ a b c Owsinski, Bobby (11 January 2016). "The Making Of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Album". Forbes. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  16. ^ Pegg 2016: "[...] [The] Ziggy Stardust sessions proper began at Trident on 8 November 1971, the main body of the album being recorded over the next fortnight."
  17. ^ a b c Fanelli, Damian (23 April 2012). "On Its 40th Anniversary, 'Ziggy Stardust' Co-Producer Ken Scott Discusses Working with David Bowie". Guitar World. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  18. ^ Timothy White's Rock Stars: Hearing Pictures: David Bowie's Sound + Vision (radio interview). 20 May 1990. 
  19. ^ a b c Dates and other informations of tracks, according to Pegg 2016:
    • "Five Years": "'It's Gonna Rain Again' enjoyed its brief moment in the studio on the very same day, 15 November 1971, that 'Five Years' was committed to tape."
    • "It Ain't Easy": "[...] the Ron Davies cover 'It Ain't Easy' [...] [cut] on 9 July 1971 and originally slated for inclusion on Hunky Dory."
    • "Lady Stardust": "'Lady Stardust' was one of the first Ziggy songs to be composed [...]. A stereo demo was recorded at Radio Luxembourg's studios on 9-10 March 1971.", "After an initial recording on 8 November 1971 was deemed unsuccessful, the definitive Ziggy Stardust version was cut three days later."
    • "Moonage Daydream": "David recorded early versions of 'Moonage Daydream' and 'Hang On to Yourseld' at Radio Luxembourg's studios on 25 February.", "[...] the definitive Ziggy version, recorded at Trident on 12 November 1971."
    • "Soul Love": "'Soul Love' was recorded at Trident on 12 November 1971."
    • "Star": "After an initial recording on 8 November 1971 was deemed unsuccessful, the definitive Ziggy Stardust version was taped on 11 November under the working title 'Rock 'n' Roll Star'."
    • "Sweet Head": "'Sweet Head' casts an intriguing light on the album's development. Completed on 11 November 1971, [...]"
    • "Velvet Goldmine": "This [...] out-take was recorded at Trident on 11 November 1971."
  20. ^ Jones 2012, p. 67
  21. ^ O'Leary 2015, p. 316
  22. ^ Pegg 2016
  23. ^ Howard, Tom (11 January 2016). "Starman! – The Story Of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust". NME. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  24. ^ Pegg 2016: "As the final Ziggy Stardust track to be written and recorded (it was completed on 4 February 1972), 'Starman' was immediately championed by RCA's Dennis Katz, who insisted it be released as a single and added to the album [...]. A master tape dated 9 February duly notes the substitution of 'Starman' in place of 'Round and Round'."
  25. ^ a b "BBC – Seven Ages of Rock – Events – Bowie performs 'Starman' on TOTP". BBC. 
  26. ^ Buckley 2012, p. 125
  27. ^ Pegg 2016
  28. ^ Woodmansey 2017, p. 114
  29. ^ McLeod, Ken. "Space Oddities: Aliens, Futurism and Meaning in Popular Music". Popular Music. Vol. 22. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  30. ^ Jarroush, Sami (8 July 2014). "Masterpiece Reviews: "David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  31. ^ Inglis 2013, p. 71
  32. ^ a b c Perone 2007, p. 32
  33. ^ Blum, Jordan (12 July 2012). "David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  34. ^ Perone 2007, p. 27
  35. ^ a b Perone 2007, p. 28
  36. ^ a b c d Perone 2007, p. 29
  37. ^ Perone 2007, p. 30
  38. ^ Perone 2007, p. 31
  39. ^ Yeh, James (17 January 2016). "'Ziggy Stardust' Photographer Mick Rock Reflects on the Legacy of David Bowie". Vice. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  40. ^ Time Out (1998), Q (12–18 October 1984). "ZSC:Heddon St.". The Ziggy Stardust Companion. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  41. ^ a b Press Association (27 March 2012). "David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album marked with blue plaque". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  42. ^ a b Sinclair, David (1993). "Station to Station". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  43. ^ Michael Harvey. "The ZIGGY STARDUST Companion – Heddon Street, London at". 5years.com. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  44. ^ "Classic Album Covers: Issue Date – 7 January 2010". Royal Mail. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  45. ^ Michaels, Sean (8 January 2010). "Coldplay album gets stamp of approval from Royal Mail". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  46. ^ "Rear cover". The Ziggy Stardust Companion. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  47. ^ "BBC News". Site of Ziggy Stardust album cover shoot marked with plaque. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  48. ^ Carr & Murray 1981, pp. 52–56
  49. ^ Bernard, Zuel (19 May 2012). "The rise and rise of Ziggy". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  50. ^ Perone 2007, p. 26
  51. ^ "Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust gold vinyl due". davidbowie.com. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  52. ^ a b Wolk, Douglas (1 October 2015). "David Bowie: Five Years 1969–1973". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  53. ^ Watts, Michael (22 January 2006). "David Bowie tells Melody Maker he's gay". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  54. ^ Inglis 2013, p. 73
  55. ^ "David Bowie and the Rise of Ziggy Stardust". David Bowie and the Rise of Ziggy Stardust. BBC 4. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  56. ^ Pegg 2016: "The Ziggy Stardust Tour (UK) 29 January – 7 September 1972".
  57. ^ Buckley 2012, p. 164
  58. ^ Goddard 2013, p. 295
  59. ^ "Bowie Goes Back to Hammersmith". NME. 20 September 2002. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  60. ^ "David Bowie". Official UK Charts Company. The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  61. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2001). Top Pop Albums 1955–2001. Menomonee Falls: Record Research Inc. p. 94. ISBN 0-89820-147-0. 
  62. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  63. ^ "BPI Certified Awards". BPI. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  64. ^ Roberts, David (editor). The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, p. 71. Guinness Publishing Ltd. 7th edition (1996). ISBN 0-85112-619-7
  65. ^ "David Bowie". Billboard. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  66. ^ Dee, Johnny (7 January 2012). "David Bowie: Infomania". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  67. ^ "Ziggy was a financial pioneer too". The Australian. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  68. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  69. ^ "David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". Blender (47). May 2006. Archived from the original on 23 August 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  70. ^ a b Kot, Greg (10 June 1990). "Bowie's Many Faces Are Profiled on Compact Disc". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  71. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Ticknor and Fields. ISBN 0-89919-026-X. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  72. ^ Larkin 2011
  73. ^ "David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". Q (128): 135–136. May 1997. 
  74. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "David Bowie". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 97–99. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  75. ^ Dolan, Jon (July 2006). "How to Buy: David Bowie". Spin. 22 (7): 84. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  76. ^ "David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". Uncut (63): 98. August 2002. 
  77. ^ Cromelin, Richard (20 July 1972). "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  78. ^ Paytress, Mark. Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie. New York: Schirmer Books, 1998. pp. 117–120.
  79. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years". Rolling Stone. No. 507. August 1987. 
  80. ^ "The music of the millennium". BBC. 24 January 1998. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  81. ^ Picco, Judson. "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  82. ^ "Q Readers' Best Albums Ever 2006". Q. February 2006. 
  83. ^ "The All-Time 100 Albums". Time. 2 November 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2008. 
  84. ^ Dimery & Lydon 2010
  85. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: David Bowie, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  86. ^ Pegg 2016: "[...] and a plaintive Portuguese cover version was recorded by Seu Jorge for the 2004 film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou."
  87. ^ Cobo, Leila. "David Bowie Praised Seu Jorge for Taking His Songs to a 'New Level of Beauty' With Portuguese Covers: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  88. ^ "Saul Williams Covers U2, Talks NiggyTardust". Stereogum. 5 November 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  89. ^ "Phish, Monday 10/31/2016". Phish.net. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  90. ^ "National Recording Registry Picks Are "Over the Rainbow"". Library of Congress. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  91. ^ Ferreira, Becky (23 June 2017). "This Freaky 100-Million-Year-Old Wasp Was Named for David Bowie". Vice. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  92. ^ "'Star dust' wasp is a new extinct species named after David Bowie's alter ego". Science Daily. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  93. ^ The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Liner notes). David Bowie. RCA Records. 1972. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  94. ^ "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  95. ^ "ZSC:RCA CD (1984)". The Ziggy Stardust Companion. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  96. ^ "Northeastern Digital home page". Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2008. 
  97. ^ a b David Bowie. Ziggy Stardust: 30th Anniversary Edition (EMI, 2002).
  98. ^ "EMI 30th Anniversary 2CD Limited Edition (2002)". The Ziggy Stardust Companion. Retrieved 22 June 2008. 
  99. ^ "EMI to Release Ziggy Stardust 40th Anniversary Edition June 4". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  100. ^ Five Years 1969 – 1973 box set due September at davidbowie.com
  101. ^ David Bowie / Alternate Ziggy cover at superdeluxeedition.com
  102. ^ David Bowie / 'Five Years' vinyl available separately next month at superdeluxeedition.com
  103. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Archived from the original on 19 March 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  104. ^ "allmusic (((Ziggy Stardust > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  105. ^ "Billboard 200 01/30/2016". Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  106. ^ "David Bowie – Chart history" Billboard Top Catalog Albums for David Bowie. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  107. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  108. ^ "allmusic (((Ziggy Stardust > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles)))". Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  109. ^ "British album certifications – David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust in the search field and then press Enter.
  110. ^ Lane, Daniel (9 March 2013). "David Bowie's Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Downloads revealed!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  111. ^ "American album certifications – David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

Bibliography[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Weisbard, Eric; Craig Marks (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 

External links[edit]