“The Drop Falls” copyright 2014 00individual TLL
EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
A Personal Tribute To Rock History’s Sound and Visionary King
It is sad when anyone dies, but Bowie’s death hit 00individual unusually hard, much more than he would have expected.
The transcendence of one of Rock’s very few true Visionaries was like losing a friend you’ve known since the late ’60s; someone who had been there with you through many Changes.
Bowie was a prescient artist who not only foresaw, but created and led new music movements – and just as they flourished he moved on to new ventures for others to follow and emulate.
In the History of Rock, no one, not The Beatles, Elvis, or Dylan, or anyone else, influenced and led as many diverse genres of Rock / Music as Bowie; Glam Rock, Art Rock, (plastic) Soul, Hard Rock, Dance, Pop, Punk and Electronica, as well as being at the forefront of Fashion, Technology, and Art. He was also the proud leader of what was considered outrageous at the time, Gender Bender Rock, and at the same time the Champion of Individuality.
Bowie was, and is, The Man.
People the world over are using the cathartic medium of writing to channel their disbelief and sadness that the seemingly Immortal Bowie had actually died. Like actor/comedian/writer Jay Mohr’s excellent post supports; David Bowie did not die – he is evidence of immortality.
So, to join the masses in honoring Bowie, 00individual would like to add a little insight into what it was like to be there, up close at both Ziggy’s L.A. Debut and Aladdin Sane Farewell concerts and within the Rock-Pop-Counter-Culture Vibe of the early ’70s.
But first, a quick personal semi-eerie synchronistic note about 00individual’s last Saturday night’s Beggars Banquet album post that was published just 24 hours before Bowie’s death:
here are the first two sentences;
“Nowadays, people expect the unexpected, or they should. In order to stay sane in the world today is to anticipate the morning headlines.”
On Monday morning January 11, 00individual didn’t, and couldn’t, anticipate the headlines.
When Bowie made his U.S. debut at the Santa Monica Civic on 10-20-72 and five months later at his Farewell at the Hollywood Palladium on 3-12-73; 00individual was there.
During that time 00individual was a Rack Jobber and Record Store Manager and Rock ‘n’ Roll Fiend. He had consumed and absorbed so much Rock and Pop-Culture trivia that he became jaded.
Then like the Monolith in the classic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey that bestowed much-needed awareness to the Earthly species, Ziggy Stardust, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Starman, single-handedly bestowed much-needed excitement and rejuvenation to 00individual and Rockers world-wide during a stagnant period of Rock.
The thrilling climax of the British Invasion bands, the Psychedelic S.F./L.A. bands and the “Supergroups” had run their course and by 1972 all of us Rockers were getting a little edgy, jonesin’ for the next “big thing”.
We were accustom to incredible musical trends, historic and classic bands and outtasight music so we knew we were due and we had been patient.
Strangely enough, the following story about Ziggy Stardust is fairly true:
A “Starman” from Mars made himself known to a generation of Rockers yearning for a new sound who were on the verge of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide“.
His message of “Soul Love” was an inspiration and though “It Ain’t Easy” to do in this “Suffragette City” he told us to “Hang Onto Yourself” for just “Five Years” and we too would be a “Star“.
His name was “Ziggy Stardust” and along with “Lady Stardust” he led us into a “Moonage Daydream“of Rock ‘n’ Roll bliss!
And like the story, it happened; an androgynous alien arrived on the scene, a powerful Rock ‘n’ Roll mutant with his band, the Spiders from Mars! That’s right, the Spiders from Mars! How cool was that?
And to top it off his name was Ziggy Stardust! And the best part, the absolute best part was that Ziggy and his band were just the dynamic explosion of Rock ‘n’ Roll that we desperately needed.
Just like the superhero in any great comic book or movie, Ziggy arrived just in time to save the day!
Let’s face it, by 1972 it had been an unimaginably cool ride from the early ’60s; the greatest of the greats had recorded and performed the most diverse and creative Rock ever, but when you start to reach the top of a creative era expectations rise and soon they become unattainable heights.
David Bowie’s celebration of gender-bender Rock of the ’70s was to Elvis’ hip-shakin’ innuendo of the ’50s and Jagger’s struts and pouts on stage of the ’60s, but Bowie did all that as a Rocker Alien entity – that, set Ziggy apart from everyone. And since Ziggy was an alien, his look and behavior was welcomed; we could relate to the performer/persona as we were seen as, and sometimes felt like, aliens in our own land, therefore, Ziggy was a compatriot.
Bowie’s persona as Ziggy transcended mere camp, he put a believable human face on a sexual alien Rocker and sang of dramatic movie-esque moments and themes that would evolve into exquisite Rock anthems and otherworldly ballads.
The Spiderweb-solid band of Woodmansey on drums, Bolder on bass and Ronson on lead were the perfect Hard Rockin’ Aliens to back Bowie – his Best Band Ever.
00individual loved that Alien and those Spiders.
Now, decades later, we all know the truth, Bowie was the the Real Deal, the fearless Leader of outrageous style, a true musical, theatrical Genius, a prolific Artist in music, media and business who was always at the crest of the “next wave” and way ahead of all of his contemporaries – a Leader, an Innovator, a Chameleon, a Singer, a Musician, an Artist, a Visionary, A Lad Insane.
And all of that wildly successful creativity sustained for over a half a century. Whew!
00individual wants to personally thank David Bowie for his perfect timing. And timing is everything.
Love you, Man.
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