Is Ziggy Stardust based on a real person?

DAVID BOWIE invented a number of characters in his life, but is Ziggy Stardust based on a real person?

PUBLISHED: 15:31, Wed, Oct 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:31, Wed, Oct 7, 2020

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David Bowie went through various iconic characters in his life, from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke. He pushed boundaries and made music which inspired generations of musicians after him. But was Ziggy Stardust based on a real person, or even a further extension of David’s personality?

Is Ziggy Stardust based on a real person?

According to an interview with David Bowie, he was inspired by a failing singer in the 1960s, named Vince Taylor.

In an interview with Alan Yentob in 1996, made in time for his 50th birthday, David admitted he was inspired by a ‘C-list rock star’ who he met at a few parties, though Vince was not in the music industry in the same way as David.

He told Alan: “I met him a few times in the mid-Sixties, and I went to a few parties with him. He was out of his gourd.

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Ziggy Stardust - was it based on a real person?Ziggy Stardust - was it based on a real person? (Image: Getty)

Ziggy Stardust on stageZiggy Stardust on stage (Image: Getty)

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“Totally flipped. The guy was not playing with a full deck at all.

“He used to carry maps of Europe around with him, and I remember him opening a map outside Charing Cross tube station, putting it on the pavement and kneeling down with a magnifying glass.

“He pointed out all the sites where UFOs were going to land.”

The American musician, Vince, went abroad to France and had some success as an Elvis Presley impersonator, but, according to David, it all went wrong on one evening in France.

Vince TaylorVince Taylor (Image: Getty)

He said: “He came out on stage in white robes and said he was Jesus Christ.

“It was the end of Vince - his career and everything

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