The most important rock bands of the 1970s

As Far Out Magazine details, in the early ’70s, David Bowie was alien rockstar Ziggy Stardust, as featured in 1972’s “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.” ‘Aladdin Sane, on the 1973 album of the same name. On 1974’s “Diamond Dogs” he debuted Halloween Jack, another riff on Stardust but updated to match the album’s dystopian themes. By 1976’s “Station to Station” he had fully realized his Thin White Duke persona, a more sinister character referenced in the title track. Then there was The Blind Prophet, created years later and featured in the songs immediately preceding Bowie’s death in 2016.

It might seem like this fickle stylistic chameleon just couldn’t decide what he wanted to be. But while each character was certainly a manifestation of where they were at the time, they made sure to leave their mark before removing them. Billboard calls Bowie “the most influential rock star”, due to his far-reaching influence across all genres of music.

As proof, Billboard cites rocker “Space Oddity”, “Ashes to Ashes” and “Rebel Rebel”‘s asteroid-sized impact on everything from glam and grunge to indie and electronic music to nearly every form of pop, and anyone else, across genres, who’s dreamed a little bigger when it comes to live performance, stagecraft, and exploration of the far reaches of their own creative abilities.

Virginia F. Goins