Author(s): Woody Woodmansey
For many fans, Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era remains the most extraordinarily creative period in his career. As a member of Bowie's legendary band at the time - The Spiders From Mars - Woody played drums on four seminal albums: The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and Aladdin Sane. Woody's memoir, which he started work on in 2014, focuses on this key period and brings it to glorious life. With the confidence of youth, Woody always thought he'd be in a famous band but the nineteen-year-old rocker from Hull never expected to be thrust into London's burgeoning glam rock scene, and also into a bottle-green velvet suit and girl's shoes. Playing with Bowie took him on an eye-opening and transformative journey. In Spider From Mars he writes candidly about the characters who surrounded Bowie, recalling the album sessions as well as behind-the-scenes moments with one of the world's most iconic singers. The result is an insightful, funny, poignant memoir that lovingly evokes a seminal moment in music history and pays tribute to one of the most outstanding and innovative talents of our time.
A poignant memoir by the last surviving member of David Bowie's The Spiders from Mars, drummer Woody Woodmansey.
Woody Woodmansey was the drummer in the Spiders from Mars, and played on six of Bowie's albums:The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and two live albums, Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture and Santa Monica '72. He currently leads the super group Holy Holy, who tour and perform David Bowie songs from he 1970s.