The 40th anniversary of David Bowie‘s breakthrough album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars has been reached this year, and to celebrate this, there is a free stream of the entire album to listen to below, AND there will be a full scale special re-release of the album on CD, MP3, and limited edition vinyl formats on June 5th.
The album, which propelled Bowie into mythical status, stands as one of rock and roll’s all time great albums. Bowie, who had rotated his way around the musical landscape for a few years prior to this with a few releases and even a hit in “Space Oddity,” finally hit the jackpot with Ziggy Stardust. The album, a concept one which tells the tale of an alien mired in androgyny who fell to Earth with a hopeful rock and roll message and became a rock star of superstar proportions that would also happen to Bowie in real life as a result of the album in an amazing case of art imitates life, is almost a roadmap for glam and early punk and hard rock sounds. Bowie was hinting at this sound on earlier albums, “The Width of A Circle” on The Man Who Sold the World and “Queen Bitch” on Hunky Dory, but on Ziggy Stardust, the sound became fully realized, the attitudes and style he was carving and carving finally came to whirlwind musical fruitions. Not only did the album put Bowie in a higher musical echelon, it also almost singlehandedly started the entire glam movement, a movement started in a way by Marc Bolan and T-Rex, who certainly was the Chuck Berry to Bowie’s Rolling Stone glam, but Bowie had the superstar power and muscle to put him over the top and arguably become the sole heir of the glam rock mantle with this release.
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