42 years ago today, David Bowie made his first appearance in the Ziggy Stardust persona that would make him a mega-star. Here he is a bit later performing the eponymous title track:

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.