In contrast to its predecessors, “The Man Who Sold the World” and “Hunky Dory,” “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust” is a concept album, that tells a story of a visiting musical martian on a mission to save the world from its day-to-day humdrum. It sees Bowie experiment with rock, theatrical production and sexuality, which he performs in glitzy, gender-bending fashion. His backing band, the Spiders, featured Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Mick Woodmansey. While its lyrics convey apocalyptic images of earth, the cover shows Bowie-as-Ziggy standing on London’s trendy Heddon Street. The basis for this was a black and white photograph by Brian Ward, which artist Terry Pastor had redesigned in color. Since 2012, a plaque has commemorated Bowie in this exact location.

Medium: Vinyl Record, Cardboard Sleeve


121/4 × 121/4 × 1/8 IN

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