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Blog do escritor Luís Soares

Coisas Bowie.

David Bowie and the story of Ziggy Stardust

 

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is arguably the most important album in the mind-blowing career of David Bowie. Released in 1972, it's the record that set the mercurial musician on course to becoming one of the best-known pop stars on the planet. In just over a year, Bowie's messianic Martian invaded the minds of the nation's youth with a killer combination of extraterrestrial rock 'n' roll and outrageous sexuality, all delivered in high-heeled boots, multi-coloured dresses and extravagant make-up. In Bowie's own words, Ziggy was 'a cross between Nijinsky and Woolworths', but this unlikely culture clash worked - Ziggy turned Bowie into stardust. This documentary tells the story of how Bowie arrived at one of the most iconic creations in the history of pop music. The songs, the hairstyles, the fashion and the theatrical stage presentation that merged together to turn David Bowie into the biggest craze since the Beatles. Ziggy's instant success gave the impression that he was the perfectly-planned pop star. But, as the film reveals, it had been a momentous struggle for David Bowie to hit on just the right formula that would take him to the top. Narrated by fan Jarvis Cocker, it reveals Bowie's mission to the stars through the musicians and colleagues who helped him in his unwavering quest for fame - a musical voyage that led Bowie to doubt his true identity, eventually forcing the sudden demise of his alien alter ego, Ziggy.

 

Space Oddity from Andrew Ruttan on Vimeo.

Andrew Kolb's "Space Book" animated to Bowie's classic song.

Animated by Andrew Ruttan
Thanks to Sam Seitz for his assist

Very special thanks to Andrew Kolb for drawing these delightful illustrations. I took them from his website, and hope he doesn't mind me spicing it up. A very talented artist! Check out more of his amazing work at www.kolbisneat.com

Also thanks to David Bowie for his fantastic musical career. 35+ years of inspiring people all over the world. if you don't own this song yet, check out:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/space-oddity/id14684158

I do not own the rights/ have permission to use this copywritten song. I also have no legal right to use Kolb's artwork, and he did not help me in any way besides drawing these for his personal use. I took his art and digitally cut it apart from the PDF on his website. That being said, This is a non-profit project

After seeing Kolb's "Space Book" on his site a month or so ago, I emailed him and asked if I could animate his art. I had just finished up a free-lance position, and didn't want my skills to get dull; being a Bowie fan all my life, his art really excited me.

So here you have it; My contribution to the Major Tom Phenomena. Thanks again to Andrew Kolb for the art.

Programs Used:
After Effects CS4, PhotoShop CS4, FCP7

 

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