jazzville skyline: “…ziggy played guitar…”

…jazzville skyline…
by rocky-o

“…ziggy played guitar…”

I remember when David Bowie first came on the scene…He was David Jones back then and was more folkie/pop than Ziggy Stardust…

But now we have lost our Ziggy…David Bowie has passed away, due to medical issues…He was only 69…

But jump forward to his latest album, ‘Blackstar’, which was just released to some of his best reviews in years…and now, the irony of the lyrics, focusing on God, death, and heaven…

But going back over this illustrious career that started in the 60’s and continued on to this point in time, albeit with a few bumps along the way, Bowie absorbed influences from wherever they arose (specifically Marc Bolan, and Lou Reed with The Velvet Undergound), while still managing to pioneer the personas that each of his offerings portrayed…

Of course, his greatest work, ‘Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’, featured Trevor Boulder, Mick Ronson, and Woody Woodmansey, and they would be with him throughout his ‘ziggy/aladdin sane’ phase, till he became ‘the thin white duke’ in a pseudo-disco wave of ‘plastic soul’ on ‘Young Americans’ and ‘Station To Station’…Of course, there was also his classic ‘Berlin’ period, that saw him experimenting with ‘Low’, ‘Heroes’, and ‘Lodger’…

After that, his musical cocktails never reached the heights that they once claimed, although his commercial successes of the ‘Let’s Dance’ time in his life, certainly achieved radio airplay, and albums like ‘Hours’ and ‘Buddah Of Suburbia’ certainly deserved more praise than they saw…

But early on, turning his attention to the screenplays as well, Bowie turned out to be an accomplished actor, in films like ‘Man Who Fell To Earth’, ‘The Hunger’, ‘Labyrinth’, and ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’…

But it is for his music that he will always be remembered…and for Ziggy, who played guitar…


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