The Rise of David Bowie

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The hologram on the cover of The Rise of David Bowie 1972-1973 — composed of a series of head-shots — is a clear indication of the photographer's talent and Bowie's fearless experimentation to follow. In 1972, David Bowie released the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Along with the album, Bowie's iconoclastic alter-ego emerged. Ziggy Stardust was a glittery, heavily made-up, sexually ambiguous character who broke the boundaries between male and female, gay and straight and fact and fiction. Between 1972 and 1973, photographer Mick Rock had unprecedented access to the many facets of Bowie's personality and his fame. This edition features the best of Rock's portfolio including spectacular stage shots, intimate backstage portraits, press photos, and album jackets, as well as about 50% never-before-seen images. It is a passionate tribute to a brilliant and inspirational artist whose creative vision will never be forgotten.


•photography by Mick Rock
•introduction by Michael Bracewell
•interview of Mick Rock by Barney Hoskyns
•hardcover with lenticular cover
•300 pages
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