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Ziggy Stardust anniversary marked by plaque

March 8, 2012

David Bowie’s alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, is to be celebrated later this month with a plaque commemorating 40 years since the famous 1972 album that gave birth to his character was released.

The plaque is to be placed on central London’s Heddon Street, where the first photographs of Bowie as Ziggy were taken. The shot became the front cover of Bowie’s album entitled The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. A string of other characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft are also to be celebrated with plaques.

The Ziggy Stardust album cover shows Bowie donning a blue jumpsuit and leaning against a building while holding a guitar. Brian Ward, the late photographer responsible for the iconic photo, decided upon having the shoot outside despite having rented space indoors.

The album hit the charts on 6 June in 1972 and was such a success that it Bowie became a worldwide off its back. The likes of Florence and the Machine, Spandau Ballet, and Suede have all previously admitted to be being inspired by Bowie’s creation Ziggy.
In the 40 years since the album cover, the whole of Heddon Street was transformed into a specially-pedestrianised courtyard and Londoners head to the area in droves to eat at its famous restaurants. The Crown Estate is to unveil the Ziggy plaque later on this month.

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