Previously at the ICA - Films
7 Mar 2017
Directed by pioneering rock film-maker D.A. Pennebaker, this documentary and concert film captures David Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on 3 July, 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 night in 1973, Woody will provide further insight into what he describes as “the adventure of a lifetime”.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, dir. D.A. Pennebaker, UK 1973