Saturday, June 6, 2015

25. David Bowie - The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars

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It's not difficult to find the original album cover art design on this work. It is mirrored at right and partially reproduced at left. The mirroring doubled up what looks like a heap of radioactive garbage but
it has to be left lying there. The mirroring also inverted K. West so the original had to be cut and pasted and tilted and positioned where it should be. 

Here's David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust posing at 23 Heddon Street, London on a rainy night in January 1972.

No. 27, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000; No. 30, Rate Your Music, The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time; No. 34, Entertainment Weekly, 100 Greatest Albums Ever; 
No. 35, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Design by Terry Pastor of George Underwood's company, Main Artery, photo by Brian Ward. Album produced by David Bowie and Ken Scott. RCA 1972.

The album cover photograph was taken outside furriers K. West at 23 Heddon Street, London, looking south-east towards the centre of the city. Bowie said of the sign,
"It's such a shame that sign was removed. People read so much into it. They thought 'K. West' must be some sort of code for 'quest.' It took on all these sort of mystical 
overtones." The cover was among the ten chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of "Classic Album Cover" postage stamps issued in January 2010. Full article

Right where the Starman touched down: From left, Spiders from Mars members Trevor Bolder and
Mick Woodmansey join Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp to unveil a plaque where Bowie's creation was
once photographed in Heddon Street, London. The Crown Estate, which runs a £7 billion property
portfolio on behalf of the Queen and the public estate, installed the plaque 28 March 2012. Article

(A) Five Years - Soul Love - Moonage Daydream - Starman - It Ain't Easy

(B) Lady Stardust - Star - Hang On to Yourself - Ziggy Stardust - Suffragette City - Rock n' Roll Suicide

"Five Years" live for BBC from sante3d on YouTube.