Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars


David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansey,

“By 1971, David Bowie had failed to make a mark in either the UK or US pop market apart from the single “Space Oddity.” His fifth album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, changed everything: his music, his persona, and his fame. His self-dramatization as Ziggy allowed him to assume and perform a role that previously he had disdained: a rock ’n’ roll star. After touring the UK, the US, and Japan, the Spiders returned to London for a final performance. Fortuitously hired to record part of the show for use on a new form of video disc, D. A. Pennebaker found in it an ironic counterpoint to Monterey Pop, where Otis Redding’s announcement of the ‘love generation’ became the pivot of the first great counterculture rock film. Conversely, here a generation of alienated teenagers imaginatively transform themselves into a conspiracy of aliens, a company of the ecstatic damned.”

David E. James
  • D. A. Pennebaker
  • Nick Doob
  • Randy Franken
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 90 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Pennebaker Hegedus Films