Oh Ziggy You're So Fine
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars fell to earth 40 years ago, and to help celebrate, the Grammy Museum hosts a talk with producer Ken Scott and screens D.A. Pennebaker's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture. While much of the making of David Bowie's fifth and most iconic album is rock legend, Pennebaker's concert film is still a worthy companion piece. By the time the documentarian met the singer, Pennebaker had already made Monterey Pop and Bob Dylan's Don't Look Back, not to mention filming Dylan's 1966 world tour -- the first where the singer notoriously went electric. Bowie's July 3, 1973, show at London's Hammersmith Odeon achieved its own notoriety when, during the finale of the aptly named "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide," he ambiguously announced the end of both his alien alter ego and his band, the Spiders From Mars. (The bulk of the group would record one more album, and Ziggy would reappear in some form or another.) Pennebaker's grainy footage primarily zooms in on Bowie and guitarist Mick Ronson, with only glimpses of bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Woody Woodmansey. (Jeff Beck's guest appearance on a medley wound up on the cutting-room floor.) The only off-stage shots are of Ringo Starr and Bowie's fabulously dressed ex-wife, Angie, popping in backstage. Still, you get to hear the best of Ziggy, The Man Who Sold the World, Space Oddity, Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane, in addition to covers of the Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat" and the Stones' "Let's Spend the Night Together." And you get to see the glitter god at a time when only a real man could sport no eyebrows, go through six costume changes and mime. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, dwntwn.; Tues., June 5, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (213) 765-6800.
Tue., June 5, 7:30 p.m., 2012
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