David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust
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David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust

This is the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.


The album cover of David Bowie's infamous 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy' Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was taken here on Heddon Street. Just go an stand outside in your Ziggy outfit outside number 23!

The Crown Estate, who own Regent Street and the surrounding area, are placing a plaque to commemorate the street corner location used to shoot the cover of Bowie's famous 1972 album in a spot that has become a pilgrimage for his fans (March 2012).

'It was cold and it rained and I felt like an actor,' Bowie recollected. 'We did the photographs outside on a rainy night and then upstairs in the studio we did the Clockwork Orange look-a-likes that became the inner album sleeve.'

The cover depicts 'Ziggy' outside on a cold wet January night with his foot resting on a step outside 23 Heddon Street.

The late Brian Ward had rented a space upstairs in the building as a makeshift photographic studio, and had already shot 17 pictures when he persuaded Bowie to step outside onto Heddon Street.

Location: Heddon Street, Piccadilly, London


Heddon Street is now full of restaurants, but the site is still recognisable and accessible. The photographers standpoint is now a Moroccan restaurant with outside tables, so you have to stand amongst these to get a similar photo yourself. Visit during the day its quieter then. Go to the end of Heddon Street and find a red phonebox on the site of the original that featured on the back cover of the Ziggy album. The nearby wall is decorated with Bowie fans messages. If you enter 23 Heddon Street and go up to the reception of the solictors offices they have a beautifully framed album sleeve to view. (wickedlady)
Posted by wickedlady on 2009-04-05
Id been waiting many years to visit London to walk in the steps of David. It was a wonderful feeling to stand in Heddon street, just on the same place he did over 30 years ago. Hard to understand for a not-fan. Had to do this in my life. greetings Gerlinde, Austria. (Gerlinde Wielander)
Posted by Gerlinde Wielander on 2006-12-20
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