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The Origins of Ziggy


Before there was Siri, musicians still used pen & ink. (Supposedly.)

Photograph: Courtesy the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Queen Victoria would not be amused, but should you be in London between March 23 and July 28, you'll want to drop by her namesake museum, the V&A (Victoria & Albert) for their major exhibition, David Bowie Is, celebrating the rock legend's contribution to music, fashion, and art. The curators were given unique access to the Bowie Archive and have put together a remarkable retrospective of 300 objects, from set designs and outfits to hand-written lyrics for some of his most-iconic songs. Out has used some of the amazing V&A images in this issue, for our own Bowie tribute, including the lyrics to "Ziggy Stardust" and "Rebel Rebel," shown above.

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