On this day in music history: June 6, 1972 - “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”, the fifth studio album by David Bowie is released (UK release date is on June 16, 1972). Produced by David Bowie and Ken Scott, it is recorded at Trident Studios in London from September 7, 1971, November 1971, and January 12 - 18, 1972. Even before his fourth album “Hunky Dory” is released, David Bowie begins working on the follow up release. Never willing to stand still musically or image wise, Bowie makes himself over as something otherworldly. Dyeing his sandy brown hair a striking shade of reddish brown, and dressing in flamboyant futuristic costumes, Bowie adapts the persona of Ziggy Stardust. The albums concept centers around the fictional alien rock star, coming to earth to present humanity with a message of hope during its last days. But in the end, Ziggy is consumed by his hedonistic lifestyle and his fans. The album is a major critical and commercial success in the UK upon its release, and begins Bowie’s rise to success in the US. In time, it is regarded as one the most important and influential rock albums of all time. With his “Ziggy Stardust” persona, Bowie becomes a central figure in the glam rock movement sweeping the UK at the and sets him on the path to becoming a worldwide star. Bowie retires his alter ego just over a year later in July of 1973. His final live performance as Ziggy is captured in the D.A. Pennebaker (“Monterey Pop”) directed film “Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”, which is screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival on August 31, 1979. The film is finally released along with an accompanying soundtrack album on December 23, 1983. Reissued and remastered several times since its original mid 80’s CD release, the original album is remixed by co-producer and engineer Ken Scott in 2003. This remixed version along with the original mix are remastered and reissued in 2015, and are included in the box set “David Bowie - Five Years 1969 - 1973” on CD and 180 gram vinyl LP’s. “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” peaks at number five on the UK album chart, number seventy five on the Billboard Top 200, is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, and is selected for preservation by the National Recording Registry of The Library Of Congress in 2017.