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Monday, June 12, 2017

'Ziggy Stardust': How David Bowie Created the Alter-Ego That Changed Rock

"What I did with my Ziggy Stardust was package a totally credible, plastic rock & roll singer – much better than the Monkees could ever fabricate," David Bowie later said of his definitive alter ego. "I mean, my plastic rock & roller was much more plastic than anybody's. And that was what was needed at the time."

In fact, what Bowie concocted on 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was more than just a fresh, clever concept. 

Ziggy was a tight and cohesive song cycle that laid out a visionary direction for pop music, setting a new standard for rock & roll theatricality while delivering his synthetic ideal with campy sex appeal and raw power.

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