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Ziggy Stardust (character)

Ziggy Stardust
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First appearance1971
Last appearance1973
Created byDavid Bowie
Portrayed byDavid Bowie

Ziggy Stardust is a character created by David Bowie in 1971, and first featured on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, released on 16 June 1972. The character was retired on 3 July 1973, at a performance at the Hammersmith Odeon, which was filmed and released on Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture. After retiring the Ziggy Stardust character, David Bowie began portraying Aladdin Sane, who appeared on the album Aladdin Sane (1973).


The Ziggy Stardust character was created in 1971 by David Bowie. Inspirations for the character include Vince Taylor, Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Kansai Yamamoto, and the Velvet Underground.

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