WHEN ZIGGY PLAYED THE MARQUEE
When Ziggy performed at the Marquee Club in Soho, London, in October 1973, most of those invited had no idea that it would be the last performance David Bowie would ever give as Ziggy Stardust. Terry O’Neill, an acclaimed photographer, was given unprecedented access to document the event.
O’Neill captured Bowie and his crew backstage as they changed and Bowie transformed into the character he would soon put to rest. On stage, dodging television cameras and spotlights, O’Neill captured the incredible stage presence for which Bowie and his crew had become known. O’Neill remembers Bowie saying, “He became a character on stage. The way someone takes a role in a play for the West End or Broadway, learns the lines, puts on the costumes – I think that’s how Bowie handled his stage. That night at Marquee, I witnessed a modern Hamlet – and it was Ziggy Stardust.”
Award-winning music writer Daniel Rachel interviews the day’s key players, including O Neill, Ava Cherry, Amanda Lear, and Geoff MacCormack, as well as new insights and memories from fans who sat in the audience and witnessed this incredible moment.
ACC Art Books, ISBN9781851498666, hardcover, 208 pages, 1 color and 100 black and white photos in book.