On the original Ziggy album cover, Bowie is still Bowie and still in the throes of inventing the character that he would play for nearly two years until his last appearance at the 1980 Floor Show. This event was staged at
"Time is waiting in the wings
He speaks of senseless things
His script is you and me"
Thus, to succeed as Ziggy,
"Turn on with me
And you're not alone"
he screams at the end of "Rock n roll suicide".
Sadly the communal creation or sharing of these kinds of alternative worlds is long fading with the advent of “individual” music worlds and listening spaces of Walkmans and iPods. Another analogy would be perhaps alternative music, which at its inception was literally an alternative world and culture to that offered by the main stream, but which has now been essentially subsumed by it and rendered impotent as an “alternative” of the imagination.
It was only when
“When the kids had killed the man I had to break up the band”.
Marc Spitz describes the importance and the legacy of Ziggy the best: “Like Dr. Frankenstein, [