“David Bowie” The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (40th anniversary edition)

       The egotistical leper messiah, Ziggy Stardust, comes to earth as an alien in human manifestation with a message of hope for humanity prior to its last five years of existence. Ziggy is a definitive rock star who though with altruistic intentions becomes entangled within the very webbing of the medium he is attempting to use to soar his cry of a future for this lost species. Ziggy is promiscuous, wild, yet, holds peace in his heart for the cause at hand which ultimately destroys him in a rock and roll suicide.

       David Bowie’s fifth album poses the conceptual flash and glam rock era into an entirely new arena. The costumes, makeup, and sensual overtones fired the seventies into a direction of more than just playing instruments on a stage, it had birthed not only storytelling as part of its motif, but imaginative characters with color and ostentatious presentation.

       The hit single,”Starman” peaked at number five in the U.K., and the concept album reached number 75 on the Billboard charts, positioning David Bowie as a serious contender and innovator in the business. This English musician, songwriter, and singer eventually entered into the realm of the inner circle, surrounding himself with greats such as Mick Jagger. He also produced some of the glam rock acts of the day including Iggy Pop, and Mott the Hoople. His longtime guitarist Mick Ronson, added much of the flavor to the musical end of the heavier sounds as well as the melodic. The 40th anniversary of such a pioneering piece of music history resurges once again as a heavyweight champion.