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David Bowie, 'Ziggy Stardust': Singer Performs Iconic Song Throughout Four Decades (VIDEO)

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David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust.
David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust.

David Bowie's classic 1972 album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars was recently re-released for its 40th anniversary, but one fan took his Bowie appreciation to another level.

To celebrate the landmark album's forty years, a fan made this video of Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" performances throughout the last four decades. The clips are spliced together for the utmost emotional reaction: You likely remember that Bowie retired from the limelight a few years ago, but after watching this video, you'll probably hope for a some kind of intergalactic miracle.

Bowie's epic concept album is based on a story of an androgynous alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust, who arrives on Earth to bring a message of hope via rock 'n' roll. After its release, the album peaked at No. 5 in the UK and No. 75 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 charts.

In a 1974 Rolling Stone interview with William S. Burroughs, Bowie revealed his concept for Ziggy Stardust and his creative process.

"I must have the total image of a stage show," he said. "It has to be total with me. I'm just not content writing songs, I want to make it three-dimensional. Songwriting as an art is a bit archaic now. Just writing a song is not good enough... A song has to take on character, shape, body and influence people to an extent that they use it for their own devices. It must affect them not just as a song, but as a lifestyle."

Watch Bowie perform "Ziggy Stardust" throughout the last four decades, above.

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