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Ziggy Was Here

12 Mar 2012

Ziggy Was Here

The arrival of Ziggy Stardust is to be commemorated with a plaque on Number 23, Heddon Street - the scene of the album cover for Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Gary Kemp will unveil a black plaque from the Crown Estate to highlight the album's cultural popularity on the 40th anniversary of its release. The photographer behind the iconic cover, Brian Ward, had rented a space inside the building for the photo shoot, but took the winning shot of David Bowie outside while the Spiders opted to stay in the warmth.

'It was cold and it rained and I felt like an actor. We did the photographs outside on a rainy night and then upstairs in the studio we did the Clockwork Orange look-a-likes that became the inner album sleeve.' - Bowie

In January 2010, the cover photograph was chosen by Royal Mail to be featured in the "Classic Album Cover" postage stamp set. For more iconic Ziggy pictures, and insight behind the birth and life of Bowie's alter ego, take a look at FROM STATION TO STATION and MOONAGE DAYDREAM. In forthcoming publication, SPEED OF LIFE, Sukita photographs Bowie from the Ziggy era up until the present day. Click here to register your interest.


Photo © Geoff MacCormack in FROM STATION TO STATION.

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