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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th February 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
17th February 1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
17th February 1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
17th February 1740 The end of the great frost, freezing of the Thames and a terrible Winter
David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust
This is the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.
Location: Heddon Street, Piccadilly, London
Description: 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.
Tagged in this Tour: rock london
Tagged in this Tour: music
Tagged in this Tour: Libertines, Oasis, Alcohol.
Tagged in this Tour: London Album Covers Top 10
Tagged in this Tour: David Bowis's London Life