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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091948886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091948887
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Simon Goddard is the author of...

1] SIMPLY THRILLED (2014)
The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records. Published in hardback and e-book by Ebury Press.

2] ZIGGYOLOGY (2013)
A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust. Published in hardback and e-book by Ebury Press.

3] MOZIPEDIA (2009)
The Encyclopedia of Morrissey & The Smiths. Published in (blue) hardback by Ebury Press, voted Book Of The Year by the readers of MOJO magazine. Published in (red) paperback and e-book 2012.

4] SONGS THAT SAVED YOUR LIFE (remastered 2013)
The Art of The Smiths 1982-87. First demo version 2002; published 2013 in a definitive version by Titan Books.

His fifth book, ROLLARESQUE, will be published by Ebury in 2015. He lives in London.

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"Dazzlingly pulls together all the vibrant strands that made up the star-spun cloth of Ziggy. Goddard is the aficionado." (Gary Kemp)

"Does for David Bowie what Greil Marcus's Lipstick Traces did for the Sex Pistols... Big, bold and refreshingly original... It's Ziggy as experienced from the alien inside" (MOJO Magazine ****)

"If 2013 is shaping up to be The Year Of David Bowie then Simon Goddard's glorious fantasia on the theme of Ziggy Stardust should be its key text... A tremendous account." (Q Magazine ****)

"If you’ve been enjoying David Bowie’s comeback, you’ll relish Simon Goddard’s offbeat paean of man-love to his earlier incarnation. Goddard offers a thrillingly unusual slant on how Ziggy Stardust…came into being" (The Observer)

"A great deal of research has gone into Ziggyology… Ziggy becomes a forcefield of fabulation, an imaginative cartography through and to whom all manner of ley lines pass…ingeniously and entertainingly (rendered)" (The Guardian)

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The most ambitious and important book on Ziggy Stardust ever written, released to mark the 40th anniversary of Bowie's notorious Ziggy 'retirement concert'

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on 4 Oct. 2013
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This book weaves the story of Ziggy from the time of the Big Bang to his death at Hammersmith Odeon. He examines all the influences that went into his creation-musical, cultural, biological, chemical.........everything.

It's not really about Bowie-this is Ziggy's story.

Each page is riddled with references which possibly only Bowiephiles will understand-which, when you read them, makes you want to turn to someone to giggle and discuss. (Unfortunatly, the gent in the seat next to you on the train may not appreciate this.)

For example, he is writing about the rise of Elvis, and mentions that the record he is discussing was relesed in cerise pink, but adds it was more red hot red. The book is absoluty full of these oblique references-which possibly only a Bowiephile would understand) and is an absolute joy to read.

The death of Ziggy is particularly well written from inside Bowie/Ziggy's head.

It's humerous, hilarious, insightful, informative, sometimes fanciful, but more than that, it's such bloody good fun!!

Best book I've read in ages and is most definatly up there with Pegg and Trynka.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ziggy Starstruck on 20 July 2013
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What an informative book! I learnt about Beethoven, Jules Verne, Holst, H.G.Wells and, of course, lots about what happened in 1972/1973 in the universe of Ziggy Stardust. I became a fan when I first saw the cover of Alladin Sane and have been a Bowiephile ever since. I've read a lot about him, this book is probably the best. So interesting and entertaining. Brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aron Englefield on 21 May 2014
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This, along with 'The Complete David Bowie' by Nicholas Pegg and 'Any Day Now: The London Years' by Kevin Cann, is, in my opinion, essential reading for any Bowie Fan.

While the Pegg book is the ultimate information resource covering pretty much everything in his career (The Next Day is not included as yet, updated version hopefully coming soon) including insightful and often witty criticism, and the Cann book a sumptuous reference work detailing the minutiae of Bowie's early years packed with great 'must-have' photos, this book is something quite different altogether.

It's an attempt to actually get into Bowie's head and see precisely where Ziggy Stardust came from (or rather, why Ziggy Stardust chose him, as the book features the not-unpleasant contrivance of treating Ziggy as a separate, genuinely alien character looking for a human host) based on Bowie's early experiences and interests. If this sounds fanciful, flippant, disrespectful, pretentious or just plain ludicrous, please please don't be put off. It's a new kind of book, and it's very good.

Yes, strictly speaking this is written like a work of fact-based science fiction, but the sci-fi element is so small (less than 1/10th of the book) as to seem obsolete on reflection. However, on first reading the sometimes surreal facts of Bowie's life are so well tied together into a well-told story you may forget that the overwhelmingly factual basis of the book ISN'T fiction.

It follows through thought processes entirely in keeping with the influences, artistry, ambitions, friendships, rivalries and business dealings we learn about in the course of reading about Bowie's early experiences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil Lecomber on 29 Oct. 2014
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As a lifelong fan I’ve read my fair share of books about Mr B, the best of which are insightful and educating, the worst uninspired dull listings of facts and figures. ‘Ziggyology’ by Simon Goddard is an altogether different beast. He takes the motif of everyone’s favourite glam rock messiah and uses it as a riff over which to improvise a highly engaging mythology of eclectic characters, influences and connections.

Peppered with nodding references for the initiated, ‘Ziggyology’ straps the reader into that Gemini Spaceship and blasts us through the history of popular culture and beyond … from the Big Bang to the Hammersmith Odeon … from “Let there be light!” to “Everybody …” This is no simple historical account—it’s an astrological chart for the Starman, the “Kether to Malkuth” of the Ziggy Kabbalah. And a riveting read to boot.

As well as the expected connections from Bowie-lore (Brel, Crowley, Lou, Iggy, Mott et al) the book also features (a little unnervingly) some personal cultural memes that have buzzed around my consciousness for years now: HG Wells, “Dead of Night”, Hoagy Carmichael, “The Little Prince”, “War of the Worlds”, “Quatermass” … Roll up! Roll Up! There’s something here for everyone!

Seriously, for Bowie fans—or anyone with the vaguest interest in the ephemera of C20th popular culture—this is a must-read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve James Barnes on 23 Jun. 2013
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I don't normally write reviews but I felt I should type a few lines to recommend this book. If you want to get a feel for the 70's and the atmosphere around the time when Ziggy Stardust was born then buy this book. I also have read Mozipedia and find Simon Goddard's style very readable and informative. Five Stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nelsdorter on 2 Sept. 2013
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An enjoyable book about the influences behind the creation of Ziggy Stardust, interesting because it focussed exclusively on Ziggy, rather than Bowie (about whom there are already plenty of books available). The writing was a little fanciful and speculative at times, but overall a fine addition to Bowie studies, taking him seriously as one of the greatest musical artiss of the 20th century and a major influence on musical andsocial trends.
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