The Fall 15

The Fall
  America was not going well for Ziggy and the Spiders. The major cities took them to heart. They performed sell out concerts at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and Santa Monica (broadcast by a local radio station, it became one of the era’s most desired bootlegs). Yet Middle-America proved harder to break. Concerts ...

The Rise of Ziggy Stardust 7

The Rise of Ziggy Stardust
  Because David Bowie unveiled Ziggy Stardust fully formed, it is tempting to think he burst from his head of tawny tousled locks with a pair of scissors in one hand and a bottle of Red Hot Red hair-dye in the other. Yet Ziggy was more than a haircut, makeup and clothes; more than songs ...

All the Madmen 11

All the Madmen
  ‘He wants to change it to one of him in a dress! Are you f–king kidding me!’ The outraged executive of American Mercury Records must have thought: This ain’t Rock and Roll. This is suicide! The new cover of The Man Who Sold the World showed long blond-haired David lounging on a chaise in ...

A Humanist Manifesto? 2

A Humanist Manifesto?
This quote is Nicholas Roeg’s response to a reporter who asked about David Bowie’s huge coke habit during the time he was directing Bowie in the ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’. “You can’t reason someone out of anything. I am not into the guilt thing or trying to cure anyone of our humanity. Everybody has ...

Future Legend 17

Future Legend
David Bowie died a year ago today. He was cremated secretly without service, ceremony, memorial or fuss. In accordance with his wishes the body was taken to the crematorium, the paper work filed and the ashes returned. Tony Visconti already revealed David, fully aware he was dying of liver cancer, wanted his latest work to ...
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