David Bowie had an unremarkable career throughout the 1960s, ending only when “Space Oddity” because a hit during the Apollo moon landings in 1969. The next few years were lean but better. Then Ziggy mania hit. After that, all music underwent a seismic shift.
No matter what kind of music you’re into, a strand of its history will lead inevitably back through Bowie at some point; he was that influential.
To learn more about this critical era in Bowie (and rock) history, check out this two-parter on the years 1969-73 from In the Studio. Part one can be found here. Once you’re done, move to part two here. (Via Anti-Music)