Where were you when David Bowie’s astounding album ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ came out on June 6, 1972? Like most of us here at NME, you probably weren’t even alive. But like every single one of us here at NME, its genius has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, and the lives of the musicians who fill the pages of the magazine every week.
Quite simply, David Bowie is the greatest living British musician of all time ever, and ‘…Ziggy…’ is his best album. So 40 years on, we take a look back at it, to assess how important it is, and speak the only people who were there making it with Bowie, the Spiders From Mars.
Plus, all this:
World Exclusive xx Interview
Three years since their debut album ‘xx’ won the Mercury Music Prize, the London trip are back with ‘Coexist’ and a big old tour.
Carl Barat's Opera
Yeah, you ‘eard. Carl Barat makes his stage debut in Paris surrounded by breasts and leather. It’s everything The Libertines could’ve been.
Kasabian On Euro 2012
Serge Pizzorno talks us through his guide to Poland and Ukraine.
Pieces Of Me: Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos
He fell in love to The Beach Boys. He loves the paintings of Max Ernst. His first album was The Smashing Pumpkins. Get right inside his mind.
He’s from Nottingham, he sounds like Alex Turner fronting The Coral, he’s bloody brilliant, he once had FOOTBALL trials for Notts County.
We go on tour with the king of bosh-pop!
Milk Music Kick Out
Ever since Milk Music singer Alex Coxen sent an angry but brilliant email to NME writer Jonathan Garrett saying "WE ARE TRYING TO CHANGE CULTURE", we've been bang into Washington’s longhaired rockers.
The big-rocking quartet came to London, we hung out and chatted about Lou Reed and Beyonce.
TEED! Maximo Park! Hot Chip! Bobby Womack! Loads of albums, loads of words, loads of love.
Pond – the best new band on the planet. Slayer – the best metal band on the planet. Unite!
A Night With Prince
One time, NME writer Emily Mackay went to LA and accidentally bumped into Prince. Yes, Prince.
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