With ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”, David Bowie turned a popular art form, pop music, into high performance art. Bowie lived and breathed the character of his own construction until it nearly consumed him. Contextually, Ziggy Stardust, The Stooges, Lou Reed and Roxy Music’s debut helped signal the end of the sixties and the hippy movement and marked the musical and stylistic transition into glam rock and punk.

Read more about the album here. Check out our YouTube documentary about the making of the album here. Stream our Ziggy Stardust Musical Lead-Up Playlist here. Check out producer Ken Scott’s Top Five albums of all time here.

At our CAS Portland session, join us to first listen to music that either inspired or was relevant to this LP such as Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop, followed by the story and contemporary relevance of the album. Then the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on vinyl on our audiophile hi-fi. Listening guidelines apply.

Portland, Maine

Sunday, February 16, 5 – 8 pm

The Empire, 575 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101

Tickets: $5 on the door and online here

Presenters: Dispatch Magazine

Audio Menu:Grado Gold 1 Moving Iron Cartridge, VPI Traveler Turntable with phono stage, Classe CP-800 Preamplifier, Classe CA-2300 Power Amplifier , Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond Loudspeakers, Transparent Audio Interconnects and Cabling, BDI Mirage Hi-Fi Stand