BY JON CRONIN
The Jamaica Library will celebrate the life of rock ’n’ roll icon David Bowie on Jan. 10 with a screening of the concern film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars that will be followed by a live Q&A session with two Bowie associates—Tony Zanetta and Suzi Ronson.
After the screening of the film—which was released in 1973 in conjunction with Bowie’s landmark album of the same name and directed by D.A. Pennebaker—the audience will have the chance to talk with Zanetta, who met Bowie while performing in a play written by Andy Warhol in London, and Ronson, who was Bowie’s hairdresser and wardrobe mistress. The concert in this film was to be the last that Bowie performed as his Ziggy Stardust persona.
In the years after the album and concert, Bowie’s style, personae, acting and musical influence took numerous shapes and spanned decades. He took risks and succeeded in what is known as “high concept” albums. The androgynous Ziggy Stardust personae drew a new musical demographic in Europe and the United Kingdom, and Bowie’s influence on U.K. musicians remains prominent today.
Ronson worked for Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust world tours in the early 1970s. She created Bowie’s now iconic “Ziggy” haircut, which became a symbol of the glam rock scene. She later married the lead guitarist of Bowie’s band, Mick Ronson. A documentary about Mick titled Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story premiered in 2017. Mick died in 1993 in London after a battle with liver cancer at the age of 46.
Zanetta was an underground actor and also appeared in plays by Jackie Curtis, Wayne/Jayne County, Anthony Ingrassia, Ken Bernard, William Hoffman and Roslyn Drexler in New York, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Toronto.
He first became friends with Bowie while working on Andy Warhol’s Pork in London in 1971.
The Queens Library event will be held on Jan. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved. Although Queens Library programs are free to the public, the library limits general admission free tickets to two per individual. Multiple orders per individual are not allowed and will be canceled. This policy ensures that no-shows are reduced and tickets are available to the greatest number of people.