6. On Stage and Off Stage
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David Bowie: A Tale Told In Glam & Scandal
6. 6. On Stage and Off Stage
Bowie's peacock-esque outfits and glam rock sensibility were cult-inducing, and ultra-theatrical stage shows laced with scandal - such as when he simulated oral sex on his guitarist - sold out venues. But there was a toll. "[Ziggy] wouldn't leave me alone for years," said Bowie. "That was when it all started to go sour. My whole personality was affected. It became very dangerous. I really did have doubts about my sanity." This lead to the shock killing off of Ziggy live onstage in 1973.