David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust - 1972

Introduction to "Ziggy Stardust" by David Bowie (1972)

David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" is an iconic song from the album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," released in 1972. This song, and the album as a whole, played a pivotal role in the glam rock movement and cemented Bowie's status as a musical innovator and cultural icon.

The Concept of Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy Stardust is a fictional androgynous rock star character created by David Bowie. The character is a human manifestation of an alien being, embodying themes of extraterrestrial life, sexuality, and rock and roll excess. Ziggy Stardust's narrative arc serves as a metaphor for the rise and fall of a rock star.

Creation and Inspiration

The character of Ziggy Stardust was inspired by various British rock 'n' roll musicians of the 1960s, as well as the burgeoning glam rock scene. Bowie's own experiences and observations of the rock music industry also influenced the character's creation. The persona of Ziggy Stardust allowed Bowie to explore new ideas in music, fashion, and performance.

Musical Style and Influence

"Ziggy Stardust" showcases a blend of hard rock, folk rock, and glam rock. The song is known for its storytelling lyrics, distinctive guitar work by Mick Ronson, and Bowie's theatrical vocal style. This song, along with the entire album, influenced numerous artists and genres, contributing significantly to the evolution of rock music in the 1970s.

Lyrics and Themes

The lyrics of "Ziggy Stardust" narrate the story of Ziggy, his rise to fame, and his eventual downfall. Themes of Stardust's vulnerability, the corrupting influence of fame, and the fleeting nature of success are prevalent throughout the song.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Ziggy Stardust" by David Bowie released? (1972) (!1969) (!1975) (!1980)

Which album features the song "Ziggy Stardust"? (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) (!Hunky Dory) (!Aladdin Sane) (!Diamond Dogs)

Who played the guitar solo in "Ziggy Stardust"? (Mick Ronson) (!Carlos Alomar) (!Earl Slick) (!Robert Fripp)

What is the primary musical genre of "Ziggy Stardust"? (Glam Rock) (!Heavy Metal) (!Progressive Rock) (!Punk Rock)

What is Ziggy Stardust portrayed as? (A human manifestation of an alien) (!A futuristic robot) (!A time-traveling wizard) (!An ordinary human rock star)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Which British artist created the character of Ziggy Stardust? (David Bowie) (!Mick Jagger) (!Elton John) (!Freddie Mercury)

In what year was David Bowie born? (1947) (!1950) (!1942) (!1955)

Apart from music, what other artistic field was David Bowie known for? (Acting) (!Painting) (!Sculpture) (!Dance)

Which David Bowie album came out just before "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"? (Hunky Dory) (!Aladdin Sane) (!Young Americans) (!Heroes)

What distinctive feature was associated with David Bowie's appearance? (His different-colored eyes) (!A tattoo on his arm) (!Long hair) (!A beard)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

In "Ziggy Stardust," what does Ziggy play? (Guitar) (!Drums) (!Piano) (!Bass)

What is one of the themes explored in the song "Ziggy Stardust"? (The corrupting influence of fame) (!The beauty of nature) (!Time travel) (!Alien invasion)

According to the song, what happens to Ziggy Stardust in the end? (He faces his downfall) (!He becomes immortal) (!He returns to his home planet) (!He retires peacefully)

What does Ziggy Stardust become a victim of, as mentioned in the song? (His own ego and excess) (!A tragic accident) (!An alien attack) (!Lost love)

What kind of band did Ziggy Stardust have, according to the song? (A rock and roll band) (!A jazz band) (!A classical orchestra) (!A pop group)


Ziggy Stardust A fictional rock star character
1972 Year of the song's release
Mick Ronson Guitarist who played the solo
Glam Rock Primary genre of the song
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Album featuring "Ziggy Stardust"

Open Tasks


  1. Research David Bowie's Early Career: Explore how Bowie's early experiences influenced the creation of Ziggy Stardust.
  2. Create a Ziggy Stardust Inspired Artwork: Draw, paint, or create a digital artwork inspired by Ziggy Stardust.


  1. Analyze the Lyrics of "Ziggy Stardust": Delve into the song's lyrics and discuss the themes and storytelling techniques used.
  2. Explore the Glam Rock Era: Research the glam rock movement and its impact on music and fashion.


  1. Write a Short Story Based on "Ziggy Stardust": Write a short story or narrative inspired by the character and themes of Ziggy Stardust.
  2. Study the Musical Influence of "Ziggy Stardust": Investigate how the song and album influenced other musicians and genres.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Cultural Impact of Ziggy Stardust: Reflect on how the character of Ziggy Stardust influenced culture, fashion, and music.
  2. Compare Ziggy Stardust to Other Bowie Personas: Analyze the similarities and differences between Ziggy Stardust and other personas created by David Bowie.
  3. Explore the Concept of Rock Stardom in the 1970s: Discuss the concept of a rock star in the 1970s and how it was embodied by Ziggy Stardust.
  4. Interpret the Symbolism in Ziggy Stardust's Outfits: Analyze the symbolism and fashion elements of Ziggy Stardust's stage outfits.
  5. Examine the Role of Theatricality in Bowie's Performances: Discuss how theatrical elements enhanced David Bowie's performances as Ziggy Stardust.

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