#tbt David Bowie / The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (1972)

By Randy Nieto
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Ziggy Stardust. The Thin White Duke. The Starman. David Bowie had many names, and created some of the most iconic rock ‘n roll under each of them.  It was difficult choosing a David Bowie record to write about, but in the end I decided go with the seminal Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. The fifth full length record by Bowie and a concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust chronicled the life of a rock n roll star named Ziggy Stardust, who acts as a messenger for extra-terrestrial beings from outer space. Words cannot express how important this album was in so many different ways. Mixing transgender ambiguity, aliens, art, poetry, and fitting them into a pop masterpiece in 1972 was unheard of in the pop realm, broke down walls while also reaching number 5 on the UK Album charts. Of course it didn’t hurt he had the help of the venerable Mick Ronson, whose guitar licks no doubt help shape the sound of the record. Banging out hits like Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Starman, and Rock n Roll Suicide, the album was virtually filled with gems. Certified platinum in the UK and gold in the US (only gold? Come on guys), this album has influenced countless musicians and artists. That was the great thing about Davie Bowie, he wasn’t just a musician, not by a long shot. His music was his art, and this album is the perfect example. Check out Lady Stardust below.

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