David Bowie's 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was a turning point in the musician's career. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, listen to Bowie reflect upon the effort's release.

Ziggy Stardust was (besides for a rocking single) an entire persona that Bowie adorned himself with. Playing the alien hermaphrodite namesake, Bowie personified the changes in music, fashion and science-fiction that were coalescing around him at the time. And, as ahead of its time as it was, the record is still remembered as much for the amazing output of material ("Starman," "Rock n' Roll Suicide," "Suffragette City) as for Ziggy's teased rooster hairstyle.

Listen to Bowie talk with Redbeard of In The Studio about the eclectic events that led to the creation of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars below.  

Justin Starling (@RTNowRadio) for Cumulus Media © 2012