LINER NOTES 10: David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust

Wham bam, thank you, ma'am! Liner Notes #10

Ziggy Stardust at The Regal Ballroom

The much-loved literary cabaret Liner Notes returns to the Melbourne Writers Festival in 2012 with a celebration of the 40th anniversary of that intergalactic glittery gadfly, Ziggy Stardust.

Following sold-out shows dedicated to INXS’s Kick, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Michael Jackson's Thriller, Liner Notes have assembled a stellar cast for a spoken word tribute to David Bowie's 1972 stone-cold classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. Special guests Tim Flannery, Benjamin Law, Deborah Conway, Joumana Haddad (Lebanon) and First Dog on the Moon will join Emilie Zoey Baker, Sean M Whelan, Yana Alana, Ben Pobjie, Omar Musa, Alicia Sometimes and host Michael Nolan to poetically re-interpret Bowie's masterpiece of Sturm und Drag, track by track.

The world's never been the same since Bowie introduced us to the leper Messiah from outer space. Ziggy came in peace and left in pieces, but not before delivering some of rock’s most celebrated riffs in grease paint and a knitted one-piece. Sure he took it all too far, but boy, could he play guitar. (He could fellate one, too.)

Side one

1. ‘Five Years’ YANA ALANA

2. ‘Soul Love’ OMAR MUSA

3. ‘Moonage Daydream’ SEAN M WHELAN

4. ‘Starman’ TIM FLANNERY

5. ‘It Ain't Easy’ FIRST DOG ON THE MOON


Side two

6. ‘Lady Stardust’ BENJAMIN LAW


8. ‘Hang On to Yourself'’ BEN POBJIE

9. ‘Ziggy Stardust’ DEBORAH CONWAY

10. ‘Suffragette City’ JOUMANA HADDAD

11. ‘Rock 'n' Roll Suicide’ EMILIE ZOEY BAKER

With a brilliant live band serving up the likes of Moonage Daydream and Suffragette City, a line-up of exciting guests joining some of Melbourne’s finest spoken word performers and comedians, and a beer light to guide us, Liner Notes: Ziggy Stardust will be a night to remember, in the beautiful surrounds of the Regal Ballroom.

Come celebrate a starman surely even Richard Dawkins believes in, and Let the children lose it, let the children use it, let all the children boogie...

Liner Notes: Ziggy Stardust Saturday 25 August Doors from 7.30 Regal Ballroom, 216 High Street Northcote Tickets: $25.00 from the MWF Webbie

THEN we are taking the show to The Brisbane Writers Festival! For the launch of the literary love-in, a 24 hour literary mega event. The cast makes me ALMOST FAINT WITH GLEE, THE GOOD GLEE NOT THE SHIT, TV GLEE.

Side one1. ‘Five Years’ DAVID "Ghostboy" STAVANGER


3. ‘Moonage Daydream’ SEAN M WHELAN

4. ‘Starman’ WILLIAM McINNES

5. ‘It Ain't Easy’ SHANE MALONEY


Side two

6. ‘Lady Stardust’ DENISE SCOTT

7. ‘Star’ NICK EARLS

8. ‘Ziggy Stardust’ DAVE GRANEY

9. ‘Suffragette City’ JEET THAYIL

10. ‘Rock 'n' Roll Suicide’ EMILIE ZOEY BAKER

Liner Notes: Ziggy Stardust Saturday 8 September Doors from: 7.30 The Powerhouse, New Farm Tickets: