David Bowie on Top of the Pops: “Let All The Children Boogie”
At 7:25 pm on July 6, 1972, over a quarter of the British population watched David Bowie sing ‘Starman’ on TV.
Here was a man with make up – an orange haired bisexual in a comic book version of a spaceman’s jumpsuit.
A beautiful, androgynous man who camped it up, draping his arm suggestively around his guitarist, Mick Ronson, the pose wonderfully displaying Bowie’s nail-polish.
For some, David Bowie’s most vivid persona is not Ziggy Stardust or The Thin White Duke, but Jareth the Goblin King, star of the movie Labyrinth, which hit theatres on 27 June 1986.
Is that the weirdest thing about Labyrinth? Or is it that a generation of girls seemed to discover their sexuality by watching this children’s movie?
An androgynously beautiful man from Mars comes to Earth and wins a fervent following, being acclaimed as a Messiah, but ultimately is killed by a mob.
Sounds familiar, sounds like the basic storyline of David Bowie’s album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which was released 40 years ago this month.
But that is also the basic storyline of Robert Heinlein’s science fiction classic, Stranger In A Strange Land.
…. I won’t be publishing an article this week. Check back next Wednesday, I will have something you’ve never read before on Ziggy Stardust.
On June 6, 1992 David Bowie and Iman were married in a church service at the American Church of St James in Florence, Italy.
(In a bizarre coincidence, that was the 20th anniversary of the release of Ziggy Stardust!)
They had already married in a civil ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland on 24 April, with just two witnesses present and no guests.
David and Iman had sailed down the coast of Italy on a six-week boat trip the previous year and both had a special fondness for Italy.