I fell for Ziggy too. It was quite easy to become obsessed night and day with the character. I became Ziggy Stardust.

David Bowie

Make the best of every moment, we're not evolving. We're not going anywhere.
There's finally life on Mars.

Ziggy Stardust

Celebrating 50 Years of Ziggy Stardust
Giving celestial rise to an epic album and definitive alter ego, David Bowie's seminal 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars' was released exactly 50 years ago today on June 16, 1972. More than just a synthetic ideal wrapped in camp appeal and primordial power, 'Ziggy' delivers an adroitly dynamic Rosetta Stone prophesying the visionary future of pop. Verging on rock opera, the legend of this celebrated concept album bolstering hits like "Moonage Daydream", "Starman", "Suffragette City" and "Soul Love" is continued a half-century onward. In celebration, Morrison Hotel Gallery presents a web-exclusive celebration of the era and aftermath of what is revered as Bowie's magnum opus.
Celebrating 50 Years of Ziggy Stardust
Bowie maintained a version of the character through his follow-up album Aladdin Sane (1973) before abruptly retiring the persona. Onstage at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973, Bowie announced it would be “the last show that we’ll ever do.” The tour performance was filmed as part of the 90-minute documentary film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1979) and marked the public end of the titular persona.
David Bowie, NYC 2001

David Bowie, Hunky Dory, NYC

Mick Rock

2001

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David Bowie 1973

David Bowie 1973

Mick Rock

1973

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David Bowie and Mick Ronson, Bowie and Ronson on the Stage, 1973

David Bowie and Mick Ronson, Bowie and Ronson on the Stage, 1973

Masayoshi Sukita

1973

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David Bowie, Watch That Man II, 1973

David Bowie, Watch That Man II, 1973

Masayoshi Sukita

1973

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David Bowie and Mick Ronson, Guitar Fellatio 1972

David Bowie and Mick Ronson, Guitar Fellatio 1972

Mick Rock

1972

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David Bowie, TopPop Studio, 1974

David Bowie, TopPop Studio, 1974

Barry Schultz

1974

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David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, London, 1973

David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, London, 1973

Duffy

1973

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David Bowie,  Makeup Close-Up, United Kingdom Tour  1973

David Bowie, Makeup Close-Up, United Kingdom Tour 1973

Mick Rock

1973

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David Bowie, as Ziggy, 1973

David Bowie, as Ziggy, 1973

Geoff MacCormack

1973

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David Bowie, New York City 1973

David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, New York City, 1973

Lynn Goldsmith

1973

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David Bowie, As I Ask You To Focus On, 1973

David Bowie, As I Ask You To Focus On, 1973

Masayoshi Sukita

1973

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David Bowie

David Bowie and Mick Ronson, Ziggy Stardust

Terry O'Neill

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