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40th Anniversary of Ziggy Stardust Celebrated At Heddon Street, London 2012

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Spiders From Mars bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Woody Woodmansey were two very special guests that appeared at the unveiling of the new plaque commemorating the 40th Anniversary of David Bowie’s ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.’

The celebration took place on Heddon Street, where the album cover photograph was originally taken (in black and white) by Brian Ward before he colorized it for the cover art which was designed by Terry Pastor.

The end result is a cover that is now immortalized as the landing spot of Bowie’s fictional character Ziggy Stardust. The infamous glow of the street lamp, the K.West sign and the telephone booth, combined with the allure of a wet, trash filled alley all play a special part in contributing to an image that is now considered legend.

Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) a well-known Bowie fan had the superb privilege of being spokesperson at the event and his memories shared on BBC radio and partly in this video, remind us of the glam-filled lore that still binds Bowie fans together to this day.

Clearly, it was always about the songs and the intense musical talent of Bowie and his guitarist Mick Ronson and our favorite rhythm section from Hull, Bolder and Woodmansey. Still, the cover art helped to fuel our fantasies and as Kemp pointed out, that K-WEST sign could easily have been interpreted as QUEST, right?

No matter; how you discovered it, how you’ve drowned in it, how you remember it, it’s an official landmark now – complete with a plaque so that every passer-byer can be lifted by the original site that brought us the galactic sounds of a Starman in summer 1972.

Watch The Unveiling Of The Ziggy Stardust Plaque At Heddon Street below and stay tuned as Weird and Gilly plan to share more stories and photos in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Ziggy Stardust.