Four decades post-release, David Bowie’s seminal The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars LP was honored with a commemorative plaque in London yesterday, March 26.
Placed at the site on Heddon Street where Bowie’s famous glam rock-persona Ziggy Stardust was photographed by Brian Ward for the 1972 cover, the round plaque was unveiled by Gary Kemp (formerly of Spandau Ballet) with this: “The stardust generation has come of age, he was the ultimate messianic rock star.”
Kemp continued, “With him Bowie successfully blurred the lines between not just boys and girls, but between himself and his creation.”
The plaque follows the Royal Mail’s nod to Stardust in January 2010, when they issued collector’s postage stamps featuring the scarlet-haired rocker.
Last week, EMI announced a 40th Anniversary, multi-format re-release of the album, remastered by Trident Studios’ engineer Ray Staff (where the album was originally recorded). This will hit June 5.