Musical Giants II: David Bowie
This stamp issue marks a tribute to one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time. Bowie made his commercial breakthrough with the 1969 album “Space Oddity”. In 1972 he recorded The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, featuring the hit “Starman”, and toured to promote the album with an elaborate stage act as his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. This established him as a leader of glam-rock in the mid-1970s. His 1975 album "Young Americans" began his “plastic soul” period, and in the 1980s he established a more elegant rock presence with hits like “Under Pressure” and “Let’s Dance”. Bowie collaborated with many major musical talents, and also acted in numerous films, as well as a stage production of The Elephant Man.