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Ziggy Stardust

"I Want To Go Out Like Vince Taylor…"
One of David's most compelling images. He set out one day to get a hair cut and came out of the shop looking tremendously different - but good. His new and thoughtfully planned out character of Ziggy Stardust would be born through an album, and his career would shoot out tremendously towards successful expeditions and contracts.
David also transformed into 'Aladdin Sane', which was perceived as a 'Ziggy goes to America' image.

He had a philosophy about Ziggy…..
  "The time is five years to go before the end of the earth. It has been announced that the word will end  because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to things that they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock-and-roll band and the kids no longer want rock-and-roll. There's no electricity to play it. Ziggy's adviser tells him to collect news and sing it, 'cause there is no news. So Ziggy does this and there is terrible news. 'All the young dudes' is a songs about this news. It's no hymn to the youth as people thought. It is completely the opposite."
- David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust concept.

Ziggy Really Sang...
Ziggy Stardust was Bowie's first attempt to a character-image, on stage and off. He decided to bring Ziggy along into his private life
offstage - which was a wrong choice for him to make at the time, however, him bringing Ziggy onstage was an excellent decision, as observed by his fans at the time and the critics loved the eccentric essence he had placed into rock and roll.

His stage shows and concert events as Ziggy were probably the best events witnessed by music fans between 1972 and 1973, as he being very talented and his looks being quite extravagant, the people could care less about a more sparkling entertainer than him.

The fact that Bowie had misplaced Ziggy in his own mind was terribly confusing for him and those around him. It was very difficult for him to slip out of character and stage-mode when offstage, therefore, life with Ziggy became more difficult each day.
Overall, Bowie's profile as Ziggy Stardust is one of his most recognized and noticeable images from the past, as well as a favorite for most of his fans alongside the Thin White Duke and his image from Let's Dance.

The album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars is now a critically acclaimed and praised rock n roll concept album. More information.

What's taking those doll making companies forever?
Everybody loved the idea of creating a popular image. They could sell dolls of Ziggy Stardust with the spectacular red hair and eccentric garb! And when you pushed a small button on Ziggy, a sound would come out: "Wham bam thank you ma'am!" Tony Defries loved it. Everyone loved it. Soon after Ziggy was born, David set out and told Melody Maker in an interview that he was gay. This just added to the excitement, and the stardom that he had longed for was finally there for him to keep.

Flaming Red Hair
The hair was dyed red with a German hair color, but the morning after the special cut, David was furious. It was a mess and he didn't know how to fix it perfectly. He soon got it fixed by Angie's great hair dresser friend Suzy. The hair was a trademark. For once, Bowie had been ahead of his generation, and from then on, he would remain ahead.

The story of Ziggy goes on, until the final show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. Ziggy 'retired' and his last performance with fellow Spiders was at the 1980 Floor Show at the Marquee Club in London in October of 1973.
When Ziggy 'retired'
there was a deep silence of sorrow within the hearts of fans, however, Bowie proved himself to be just as stunning upon his next few approaches to music and entertaining. His performance in London - the last time with the Spiders [ besides recording projects on Pin Ups ], will always be remembered. Although it may be quite hard to see Ziggy's image through Bowie today, he is still in there. We're not alone!