Past screening

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Runtime: 1hr 30min Year: 1973
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Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Runtime: 1hr 30min Year: 1973
Country: United States
Last Screened: Sat 11th Jul 2015

It's 3 July 1973 and David Bowie brings his alien pop messiah Ziggy Stardust to the stage of London's Hammersmith Odeon for what would be an historic "farewell" performance. D.A. Pennebaker's cameras document Ziggy's famous last stand...

Directed by pioneering rock film-maker D.A. Pennebaker, this documentary and concert film captures Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973. It was at this now-infamous concert that Bowie made a sudden announcement, shocking fans and media alike by stating “it’s the last show we’ll ever do”. Rather than marking his withdrawal from music, his declaration signalled the retirement of the Ziggy Stardust persona, and the end of a hugely influential chapter in Bowie’s own story.

In addition to the concert movie, the evening will include a new film produced by MOJO magazine exclusively for these screenings. This film will feature MOJO’s Editor-In-Chief Phil Alexander in conversation with The Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, whose own acclaimed memoir, My Life With Bowie: Spider From Mars, has just been published by Sidgwick & Jackson. As well as re-living that fateful night in 1973, Woody will provide further insight into what he describes as “the adventure of a lifetime.”

Every attendee will receive a copy of MOJO magazine which will fully document the Ziggy-era, and which will also feature an exclusive David Bowie/Spiders From Mars Collectors’ Cover. This special souvenir cover will not be available in the shops, and is destined to become one of the rarest covers ever produced by the award-winning MOJO team.