Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust

Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust

by Simon Goddard


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From the author of the acclaimed Mozipedia, a work of supreme pop archaeology unearths every influence that brought Ziggy to life, from H. G. Wells to Holst, Kabuki to Kubrick, and Elvis to Iggy
The most ambitious and important book on Ziggy Stardust ever written, this study documents the epic drama of the Starman's short but eventful time on Planet Earth, and why Bowie eventually had to kill him. It was the greatest invention in the history of pop music—the rock god who came from the stars—which struck a young David Bowie like a lightning bolt from the heavens. When Ziggy the glam alien messiah fell to Earth, he transformed Bowie from a prodigy to a superstar who changed the face of music forever. But who was Ziggy Stardust? And where did he really come from? Beautifully packaged, this will be a must-have artifact for Bowie fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780091948894
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Simon Goddard is a music journalist and the author of Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia Of Morrissey, which was Mojo's book of the year, andThe Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Prologue-The Eve of No More 1

Book I The Coming of the Starman

1 The Dream 11

2 The Strange Ones 21

3 Rock ?n' Roll 27

4 The Different Boy 35

5 The Cold Region 43

6 Lightning 51

7 The Good Soldier 59

8 The Sound 67

9 The Fear 79

10 The Professor 87

11 Mateus! 97

12 Vinyl 115

13 The Loneliness 127

14 The Rival 139

15 Naming Baby 153

16 Becoming 165

17 The Modern Prometheus 177

Book II The Earth Under the Starman

1 The Birth 185

2 The Cut 135

3 The Image 205

4 The Broadcast 217

5 The Glory 225

6 The American 237

7 The Break 251

8 The Frenzy 261

9 The Bomb 269

10 The Death 279

Epilogue - Dead London 295

Ziggydgraphies 307

Index 331

Credits 342

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