The Story of Ziggy Stardust: How David Bowie Created the Character that Made Him Famous
This great BBC Documentary shows that Ziggy Stardust was less a creation of a lone genius and more a creation of what Brian Eno calls a “scenius.”
When Ziggy walked onstage and blew everyone in Britain’s minds, Bowie seemed like an overnight success, but in fact, he’d spent over a decade trying to “make it.” It was the combination of Bowie’s amazing talent, his knack for knowing what to steal from whom (Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Little Richard, Andy Warhol, Vince Taylor, etc.), and a small army of people including his wife Angela, who provided him with encouragement, costumes, and hair; his band, The Spiders from Mars, with Mick Ronson on guitar, Trevor Bolder on bass, and Woody’ Woodmansey on drums giving him his sound; dance instructor Lindsay Kemp, who taught him a flare for theatrics; and his manager, Tony DeFries, who funded him and decided to make him a star.
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