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So after Queen at Wembly, LOGO was also showing Ziggy Stardust, which I of course recorded as well. I hadn't seen it before; I had only known of it.

I dig David Bowie and all... but for whatever reason I just don't "get" Ziggy. I can objectively appreciate the artistic aspect of the show, and I love the music -- but the trippy aspect of it all, I'm just not groking it. If anyone knows, am I missing something? Do I need to watch this in a dark room halfway through a bottle of wine? Do I need to read the Bowie historical biography to get Ziggy in context of this time in his career?

Date: 2008-11-24 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phule77.livejournal.com
Ziggy made a lot more sense in the period it came out in. I don't know how much Bowie actually reads science fiction (though I wouldn't be surprised), but most of the heavy sci fi from that period was either Pulp or heavy social content type stuff about the future of humanity (This is when Harry Harrison wrote Soylent Green (known in book form as "Make room, make room!") and Brunner wrote "Stand on Zanzibar")...Ziggy may be one of those things that, for comparison, would be like some major emo band doing an album based around the ramifications of the 2008 election, which 20 years later would have only passing meaning for anybody then listening.

But Bowie has also always been admittedly weird, and he doesn't hang with any one style. Have you asked Keith about this?

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