Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

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DVD - 2003 | Thirtieth anniversary DVD.
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Publisher: New York : EMI Records, [2003]
Edition: Thirtieth anniversary DVD.
Copyright Date: ©2003
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.42166 BOW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet.
Additional Contributors: Spiders from Mars (Musical group)

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David Bowie was as much an artist of theatre and costume as he was music. Check out this live performance, filmed live in concert at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, July 3, 1973 to get the full Ziggy/Bowie experience.


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Lee172
Mar 06, 2019

Growing up in the '70s as young teen I was into all the glam rock T. Rex, David Bowie, New York Dolls, shock rock of Alice Cooper never a Kiss fan.

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Derringer
Jan 05, 2019

Shot back in 1973 - This concert film is probably most famous for capturing a pivotal moment in music history. It is the last show that David Bowie performed under the Ziggy Stardust persona and the last time he was on stage with his backing band The Spiders From Mars. Seemingly his announcement near the end of the show stating that this was the final appearance was not only news to the audience but to the band as well!

This film takes the form mostly as straightforward concert footage. There is also some backstage material interspersed throughout which I think it would have been good to have had more of, seeing as it revealed a little bit more of what Bowie was like behind the mask.

But, as it was, the vast majority of material for this film is taken from the concert. And the approach taken is very stripped down and basic. There isn't really a lot of imagination here, but I guess the whole idea was to let the show speak for itself.

Anyway - At the end of the day - This is a time capsule film and, in this sense, it is interesting.

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ReadingintheCorner
Aug 11, 2016

If you like the music, it's enjoyable on its own, but you must watch it at least once with the commentary by Tony Visconti and DA Pennebaker.

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