3. Space Oddity
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David Bowie: A Tale Told In Glam & Scandal
3. 3. Space Oddity
Bowie scraped a living doing ads and other piecemeal work until the release of 'Space Oddity' on the 11th July 1969. Released five days before the Apollo 11 space mission, the single went to No.5 on the UK charts and was Bowie's breakthrough. He began wearing a dress and flirting with androgyny to promote rockier 1970 album 'The Man Who Sold The World', which lead to a US pedestrian drawing a gun on him and telling Bowie to "kiss his ass". David Bowie had arrived.