How I Managed To Catch Some of Ziggy’s Stardust, Part 3

May 16, 2013 | 11:25 AM

The crazy scene at The Sombrero, 1972

The crazy scene at The Sombrero, 1972

The Sombrero, a gay disco on Kensington High-Street, was the place to be if you were a cutting edge rock star like David already was. Shortly after Suzi dyed his hair red, Bowie dropped by The Sombrero and the hipsters and the queens and the trend-setters went wild. A few weeks later, David shot the Ziggy Stardust cover and the rest, as they say, is history. David-Bowie-record-cover Not only did Suzi become David’s hair stylist, but she also became the hair stylist and wardrobe assistant for David’s entire band, which included a bloke from Yorkshire named Mick Ronson. david_03Bis Suzi and Mick fell in love and married five years later in 1977, shortly after Bowie’s band broke up. Wth their one-year old daughter in tow, Mick and Suzi moved to Woodstock, in upstate New York, a place they deemed suitable to raise a child while keeping them in proximity of colleagues like Todd Rundgren, Meat Loaf, Bob Dylan, and Janis Joplin.

Suzi, Mick, & LIsa

Mick had always produced, in addition to playing and arranging. Among the many bands he assisted around this time was a fresh Canadian group, The Payolas, featuring one Robert Jens Rock ---aka Bob Rock--- on guitar.

The Payolas, with Bob Rock in the center


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One thought on “How I Managed To Catch Some of Ziggy’s Stardust, Part 3”

  1. Mary Werner     Reply

    This story is wild!! And it keeps getting wilder!!!!!!!! Ziggy Stardust is a crazy album made by a incredible genius. LOVE IT!!!!

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