It’s safe to say that the modern musical scene would not be the same without David Bowie. In 1972, when he unveiled his Ziggy Stardust persona, the world changed. Ziggy was ambiguity and visibility incarnate: masculine and feminine, straight and queer, real and fictitious.
Ziggy “defined, and defied, a generation” and shot Bowie into a stardom that has persisted for decades. A new limited edition and numbered book from Taschen shows Bowie’s rise through the lens of his official photographer Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie, 1972–1973 consists of “spectacular stage shots as well as intimate backstage portraits. Pictures for press, album jackets, and stills from promo movies sit alongside around 50% previously unseen images,” giving the reader an unprecedented view into this fascinating artist’s rise to fame.
Authored by Barney Hoskyns and Michael Bracewell, the book is 310 pages in a clamshell box. There is a total of 1,972 numbered copies signed by Bowie and Rock; numbers 201-1,972 are collectors' editions, and two "Art Editions" of 100 copies each include a pigment print signed by Rock. Superfans can put down $1,000 clams for this soon-to-be treasured item.
To learn more about Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie, 1972–1973 out now from Taschen,click here.