David Bowie first burst onto the music scene way back in 1969, when his single “Space Oddity” reached the top five of the UK charts. In the forty-five years since then he’s sold an estimated 140 million albums, but in our opinion his greatest music was produced as his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust. His album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which tells the story of Ziggy “the human manifestation of an alien being who is attempting to present humanity with a message of hope in the last five years of its existence.” has to be one of the greatest concept albums of all time.
In 1973, a year after it’s release, Bowie had this photo taken of him with model Twiggy for the front page of Vogue. Photographer, Justin de Villeneuve, captured the image at his first attempt. Bowie loved it so much, he asked to use if for his next album, Pin Ups. When de Villeneuve agreed, Vogue refused to work with him ever again. We think it was well worth the sacrifice. To see for yourself why not have a listen to the album. Alternatively, just sit back and admire one of the most iconic rock star photos ever taken.