The History of Heddon Street

The History of Heddon Street "The graffiti on the wall bears testimony to its status as third only to the Tardis and Clark Kent's changing room in Space Age phone-booth mythology."

- Time Out magazine (18-24 October 1984)

Operating as usual

David Bowie – Rock 'N' Roll Su***de (Live, 1973)

THE BLACK HOLE KIDS is an unfinished David Bowie song from the Ziggy period that Bowie described as "fascinating".

The song appears to be among half a dozen fragments that were being reworked with a view for release in 2002 (to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Ziggy Stardust album).

"I'm going to include an old song [for a proposed soundtrack] called "Blackhole Kids," which is fabulous. I have no idea why it wasn't on the original [Ziggy Stardust] album. Maybe I forgot."

The project, however, was shelved and the song remains unheard.

Some of David Bowie's ideas surrounding the Ziggy Stardust story became apparent from a conversation he had with William Burroughs (in February 1974) and subsequently published in Rolling Stone. Bowie at this time was intending that the next incarnation of Ziggy Stardust would be a stage show / live theatre.

Although some might suggest that Ziggy was killed from su***de, or murdered by fans, or from an environmental apocalypse, Bowie explains to Burroughs that the end is actually when the infinites arrive. But the infinites he says "really are a black hole, but I’ve made them people because it would be very hard to explain a black hole onstage.”

- Adam Robert-Jones Dean, 2019

David Bowie performing Rock 'N' Roll Su***de live at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973. Taken from Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture. Watch more live videos from...

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THE TIME HAS COME TO VOTE!!!Exploring the achievements of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Kathleen Turner look...


Exploring the achievements of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Kathleen Turner looks at Charlie Chaplin, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and David Bowie....

Presumably those in Britain with BBC access can watch this (and vote as well).

A bit more info....

Icons is a brand-new, eight-part BBC TWO history series which celebrates the achievements of some of the greatest figures of the 20th century.

It will ask you, the audience, to vote for your favourites and ultimately you’ll decide who is the greatest icon of them all.

Seven well-known faces will each front an hour-long documentary arguing the case for four people from a different field of human excellence; fields our celebrity advocates are passionate about. At the end of each documentary viewers will be able to vote for their favourite.

The icon who wins the public vote in each category will then go through to a live final on the 5th of February 2019. All the celebrity advocates will return to fight their icon’s case, and that of the field they triumphed in. Viewers will be able to vote once again to decide who is ultimately the greatest figure of the 20th century.


Seven programmes will be devoted to seven different categories of human excellence. In each programme, a celebrity advocate will introduce you to four extraordinary…

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HEDDON STREET 1898 Apparently, other things happened in Heddon Street BEFORE the landing of Ziggy Stardust. For example,...


Apparently, other things happened in Heddon Street BEFORE the landing of Ziggy Stardust. For example, this fire.

The picture is from THE ENGINEER, June 24, 1898. The Great Fire of London also famously started in a laneway (a bakery shop in Pudding Lane, 1666). However, this report seems to detail the "dangers of overhead wires".

Thanks Jack Wild for the scan.

David Bowie Downunder - News Feed

David Bowie Downunder - News Feed

Some fantastic news - "THE BOWIE PROJECT 2: IT'S ALWAYS TIME" by Adam Rudegaire will be released on September 22, 2018.

Right now, you can already hear two tracks - 'Girl Loves Me' and 'Space Oddity'.

FROM HEDDON STREET TO BOURKE STREET - Tonight in Melbourne Australia.....

FROM HEDDON STREET TO BOURKE STREET - Tonight in Melbourne Australia.....


The celebrations continue with some of the nation's best bands to pack a Bowie punch....



BOWIE UNZIPPED (with Jeff Duff) the beautiful Thornbury Theatre. The show times for tonight are:

7:00pm - Doors Open

7:30pm - Dinner (for those that have pre-booked)

8:00-8.45pm - The Thin White Ukes

9:00-10:00pm - Bowie Unzipped (SET 1)

10:15-11:15pm - Bowie Unzipped (SET 2)

And that is not all. For those wanting to rock on, a Bowie night is being held at The Sub Club. In fact you will probably still be in time for happy hour (which goes until midnight). After that it is just a matter of endurance (they close at 5am)!!!.

See WWW.BOWIEDOWNUNDER.COM for details and links.

David Bowie News

David Bowie News

David Bowie revisits Heddon Street in the 1980s...

David Bowie Downunder - News Feed

David Bowie Downunder - News Feed

'Perfect Day' sung by the Bowie Downunder website and The Thin White Ukes on the Thunder Ocean cruise - January 8, 2017 - David Bowie's 70th Birthday, Melbourne, Australia.

Thank you to everyone for such a Perfect Day and to Shookie for the video.

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos



The return of Ziggy!!

44 YEARS AGO ... The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

44 YEARS AGO ... The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

Promotional poster from last year.....for Ben Goddard and The Long Players who specialise in performing well known album...

Promotional poster from last year.....for Ben Goddard and The Long Players who specialise in performing well known albums in their entirety. The location of course is not Heddon Street but St Dennis Lane, Malmesbury, SN16 9BH.

Painting by Hans Richter

Painting by Hans Richter

My painting of the man who fell to earth, Heddon Street and The Living Room bar - I may have posted this on here before.....

David Bowie

David Bowie


“Put you all inside my show...”

Opera Gallery London has announced The Many Faces of David Bowie exhibition which will run from June 21st to August 31st, 2013. Here’s a bit from the press release:

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Parallel to the major exhibition "David Bowie is" at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Opera Gallery London will unveil a collection of David Bowie-inspired art for their summer exhibition. The highly anticipated group show will offer a contemporary vision of ‘Bowie Mania’ with one-off masterpieces including tributes from some of today’s leading contemporary and street artists, including; Mr. Brainwash, Joe Black, Eduardo Guelfenbein, Nick Gentry, Marco Lodola and The London Police.

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Jean-David Malat, Director of Opera Gallery London, had this to say about Bowie:

“David Bowie is an incredible ‘icon’; a term to be understood as an idol but also in the ancient Greek notion of eikōn meaning "image" or even religious work of art. It is clear to see that he has influenced many lives, and every artist involved was proud to create a piece in his honour”

Check out the Many Faces of David Bowie exhibition page here (, where you can view some of the images and download the full exhibition catalogue.

Pictured here is a detail from photographer Richard Young’s picture of David Bowie during the Sound & Vision press conference at the Rainbow Theatre, London, 1990.

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Timeline Photos


It's already June 6 in Australia so HAPPY ZIGGY FOUR ZERO!!! Still several more hours until the new day on Heddon Street.

Ziggy Plaque Unveiled, 2012

Ziggy Plaque Unveiled, 2012

Plaque for Ziggy Stardust

ITV NEWS: Tuesday 27 Mar 2012

A black plaque has been unveiled to David Bowie's alter-ego Ziggy Stardust.

It is on Heddon Street in Central London, where the singer shot the iconic cover to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Daisy Gray reports.

David Bowie

David Bowie


And as the sparrow sings dawn chorus...

Don't forget to pop along to Heddon St. in London's west end if you're in the vicinity on Tuesday morning.

As mentioned previously, The Ziggy Stardust commemorative plaque unveiling is confirmed for between 9:00am and 9:30am on 27th March 2012,.with media hoo ha and the like kicking off around an hour earlier.

The VIP unveiling will be hosted by The Crown Estate at the Hub, 10 Heddon Street, W1 opposite number 23 where the original Ziggy Stardust cover shot was taken.

Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp is doing the unveiling. Here's a bit from the band's news page, posted last week...


In celebration of the 40th anniversary of David Bowie’s iconic album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Bowie fan Gary Kemp has been asked to unveil the Ziggy Stardust commemorative plaque on Heddon Street, from 9.30am on 27th March 2012.

Gary’s love of the seminal album goes way back to his childhood and he often refers to seeing Bowie on Top of the Pops as being a life-changing moment. Now, 40 years on, Gary is honoured to be an integral part of the celebrations of Bowie’s mystical alien landing on Earth.

The Ziggy Stardust album cover photograph was shot in Heddon Street and the plaque will be only the second to be erected in London to commemorate a fictional character (the first being Sherlock Holmes) . Gary will also be presenting a BBC Radio 2 documentary to be broadcast on 6th June, the actual 40th Anniversary of the album’s release.


David Shaw, Head of The Crown Estate Retail Portfolio will also speak as will a Westminster City Councillor.
Gary has been talking to the media about the upcoming Ziggy Stardust BBC Radio 2 documentary and you can still hear him for three more days via the BBC iPlayer from when he was a guest on The Robert Elms Show about the project and his love of all things Bowie.

The Bowie section is around half an hour in to the show.

FOOTNOTE: If you do go, listen out for THAT phone ringing...if you answer, make sure the first thing you say is 'I Love Ziggy Stardust' and you just might get a Ziggy-related prize.


Official Press Release: To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Ziggy Stardust. The Crown Estate place a commemorative plaque in Heddon Street, London W1.

In March 2012, The Crown Estate will unveil a commemorative plaque to DAVID BOWIE's iconic creation, Ziggy Stardust, marking the 40th anniversary of his album, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars'. The plaque will be unveiled on Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, London, W1, where the photograph on the front cover of the album was taken.

Heddon Street Part of The Crown Estate's ongoing vision for the development of Regent Street and surrounding areas, Heddon Street today is completely different from that of 1972, when the album cover was created. Now one of Regent Street's main Food Quarters, it has been transformed into a pedestrianised courtyard ideal for al fresco dining with restaurants including Momo, Aubaine, Below Zero, The Ice Bar, Strada, Piccolino's, Strawberry Moons and The Living Room.

Back in 1972, the Bowie album depicts 'Ziggy' outside on a cold wet January night with his foot resting on a step outside 23 Heddon Street. The late Brian Ward, had rented a space upstairs in the building as a makeshift photographic studio, and had already shot 17 pictures when he persuaded Bowie to step outside onto Heddon Street. The other band members thought it too cold and declined to join him for the picture. Wearing the green jumpsuit that he later wore on the BBC 2 TV show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test', Bowie posed for the photograph. The images were shot using Royal -X- Pan black and white film and then lovingly hand coloured by artist Terry Pastor. In the finished image, Ziggy's jumpsuit is coloured blue.

"It was cold and it rained and I felt like an actor" Bowie recollected , "we did the photographs outside on a rainy night and then upstairs in the studio we did the Clockwork Orange look-a-likes that became the inner album sleeve."

The iconic image cover catapulted David Bowie to international stardom, creating an army of pop stars with spikey hair and edgy alter egos, a trend which later evolved into the glam rock movement for which Ziggy was the poster boy. This plaque pays homage to an enduring iconic creation of British Pop, meaning fans from all over the world can visit the place where the dynamic character of Ziggy was immortalised on camera.

The album was produced by Ken Scott who went on to work with Elton John, George Harrison, Supertramp and many more. The Spiders were Mick Ronson who sadly died of liver cancer in 1993 aged 46, Trevor Bolder on bass, Mick Woodmansey on drums, all accompanying David Bowie on guitar with Dana Gillespie on backing vocals.

The History of Heddon Street's cover photo

The History of Heddon Street's cover photo

According to GQ magazine, the Ziggy Stardust plaque will be unveiled on MARCH 27. That address again...23 Heddon Street,...
Ziggy's Stardust Memories

According to GQ magazine, the Ziggy Stardust plaque will be unveiled on MARCH 27.

That address again...
23 Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, London W1.

The location of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust cover photo on London's Heddon Street is to be marked with a commemorative plaque

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14th April 1972, David Bowie released 'Starman' as a single in the UK, which became his first hit since 1969's 'Space Oddity' three years before. The song was a late addition to the album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars included at the insistence of RCA’s Dennis Katz, who heard a demo and loved the track, believing it would make a great single. The lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope to Earth's youth through the radio, salvation by an alien 'Starman'.😍⚡️🕷⭐️