“Till there was rock, you only had God”

The first part of Mark Dery’s two-part story on the Ziggy Stardust craze of the early 1970s, “Till There Was Rock You Only Had God: How I Lost One Leper Messiah, and Gained Another, Part 1,” is available at Religion Dispatches.  An interesting take on the institution of religion (rock), charisma of religious (rock) leaders, and the effervescence that wells up and overtakes crowds of religious ceremonies (rock shows).

Embedded in the article is a link to a 1973 BBC episode of “Nationwide” on the Ziggy phenomenon (also here).  Whoa. Yeah!

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