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A first-hand look at Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust era which saw a young David Bowie go from obscure artist to global phenomenon, by the last surviving member of his band, The Spiders from Mars.

The death of David Bowie in January 2016 rocked the globe. Millions of fans celebrated his music, his film and theatrical roles, his trend-setting influence on fashion and gender and popular culture.

Drummer Woody Woodmansey is the last surviving member of Bowie’s band, The Spiders from Mars, which helped launch his Ziggy Stardust persona and made Bowie a star. In this first memoir to follow Bowie’s passing, Spider from Mars reveals what it was like to be at the white-hot center of Bowie’s self-creation. With never-before-told stories and never-before-seen photographs, Woodmansey offers details of the album sessions for The Man Who Sold the World, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane, and Hunky Dory: the four albums that made Bowie sensational. And, as fame beckoned but eventually consumed Bowie, Woodmansey recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and rock ‘n roll excess that drove the band apart.

A vivid and unique evocation of a transformative musical era and the enigmatic, visionary musician at the center of it, with a foreword by legendary producer Tony Visconti, Spider from Mars is for everyone who values David Bowie.

About the Author

MICHAEL “WOODY” WOODMANSEY was the drummer for David Bowie’s the Spiders from Mars from 1969-1973 on the hit albums The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Born in Driffield, Yorkshire, in 1951, he is the last surviving member of the Spiders from Mars. He continues to play with his band Holy Holy and lives in London.

Product Details

  • With color photographs
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians

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