Ziggyology: A Brief History Of Ziggy Stardust

by Simon Goddard

Random House UK | January 28, 2014 | Hardcover

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The most ambitious and important book on Ziggy Stardust ever written, released to mark the 40th anniversary of Bowie's notorious Ziggy 'retirement concert'.

He came from Outer Space...

   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?
   In a work of supreme pop archaeology, Simon Goddard unearths every influence that brought Ziggy to life -- from HG Wells to Holst, Kabuki to Kubrick, and Elvis to Iggy. Ziggyology documents the epic drama of the Starman's short but eventful time on Planet Earth... and why Bowie eventually had to kill him.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.47 × 6.27 × 1.25 in

Published: January 28, 2014

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0091948886

ISBN - 13: 9780091948887

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Ziggyology: A Brief History Of Ziggy Stardust

Ziggyology: A Brief History Of Ziggy Stardust

by Simon Goddard

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.47 × 6.27 × 1.25 in

Published: January 28, 2014

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0091948886

ISBN - 13: 9780091948887

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The most ambitious and important book on Ziggy Stardust ever written, released to mark the 40th anniversary of Bowie's notorious Ziggy 'retirement concert'.

He came from Outer Space...

   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?
   In a work of supreme pop archaeology, Simon Goddard unearths every influence that brought Ziggy to life -- from HG Wells to Holst, Kabuki to Kubrick, and Elvis to Iggy. Ziggyology documents the epic drama of the Starman's short but eventful time on Planet Earth... and why Bowie eventually had to kill him.

About the Author

SIMON GODDARD is a freelance UK music journalist whose work has appeared in amongst others, Q magazine, Uncut and the Independent on Sunday. He is best known for his two previous books on The Smiths and their former lead singer Morrissey. He lives in London.

Editorial Reviews

• "Dazzlingly pulls together all the vibrant strands that made up the star-spun cloth of Ziggy. Goddard is the aficionado." --Gary Kemp 

   • "If you've been enjoying David Bowie's comeback, you'll relish Simon Goddard's offbeat paean of man-love to his earlier incarnation. Goddard offers a thrillingly unusual slant on how Ziggy Stardust...came into being." --The Observer