Happy Birthday Ziggy Stardust! The guitar-wielding extra-terrestrial beamed down from Mars 40 years ago today to save the earth from impending doom and destruction with his rock’n’roll licks. And to celebrate what is arguably Bowie’s finest creation, we’ve scrutinized the iconic artwork from the LP, hunting for the clues, trivia and factoids which hover in the background as music’s most famous space-alien poses in a gloomy, lamp-lit London street. To find out more about the cover, examine the image below and hover over the tags to reveal the info.

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