Retires Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy plays guitar for the last time at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, at the last concert of The Aladdin Sane Tour comprising 60 shows in North America, Japan and the U.K. Bowie is tired of the character and he’s been touring and promoting his albums for nearly a year without a break. Only his manager Tony DeFries, […]

Space Oddity

Bowie writes what will become his first hit after watching the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey several times, stoned. It reaches #5 in the UK single charts. It is released to coincide with the Apollo 11 moon landing and the BBC uses it as the background music for their moon landing programs. The session […]

First gig as Ziggy Stardust

Bowie unveils his new character at the Friars Club, Market Square, Aylesbury, England, performing with his band The Spiders from Mars: Mick Ronson (guitar), Trevor Bolder (bass) and Woody Woodmansey (drums). In the crowd are America’s best rock press, as well as Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor of Queen. Photographer Mick Rock films the performance on 16mm.