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Thursday, July 23, 1998 Published at 18:20 GMT 19:20 UK


Bowie returns to Stardust

David Bowie: the ultimate rocker of his generation

Rock star David Bowie has been working for two years on a project to resurrect his concept album, Ziggy Stardust, and turn it into a feature film.

Bowie is finishing songs, which he wrote at the the height of his glam rock phase, to make a double album soundtrack to accompany the film.

He told Radio 1's The Net: "It's as if I will be complementing what's there with other pieces that were started but not actually finished at the time, so they have an authenticity of period about them."

This is the reason Bowie has refused any of his songs to be used in the forthcoming film, Velvet Goldmine, which is set in the 1970s and is said to include a character very much like Bowie.

The film stars Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Toni Collette, and tracks by T Rex and Roxy Music are among the songs used in the soundtrack.

[ image: David Bowie has appeared in some unusual poses in the past]
David Bowie has appeared in some unusual poses in the past
Bowie said of the film: "My feeling was that it was based fairly substantially on Ziggy Stardust, and as I intend to do my own version of it, I'd rather not work with a competitive film."

He referred to the Velvet Goldmine as a "trailer" to his project, but nevertheless admitted that he was not sure just how his film would turn out.

He said: "It's been a project that I've worked on for the last two years and hopefully it'll see the light of day before too long."

"For me, I think it'll be an extraordinary thing to see what kind of animal it becomes eventually," he added.

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