I Dressed Ziggy Stardust

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2013031620160116 (R4)

For more than four decades, David Bowie entranced his followers. In this programme Samira Ahmed looks at his particular appeal for British Asian women.

Across the generations, they were inspired by the skinny South Londoner, who challenged gender barriers and who played with alien identity and other-worldliness. Beneath the make up and exotic costumes, he was also the intelligent, politely spoken suburban young man who you could potentially introduce to your mother.

As Samira explores Bowie's impact on British Asian teenagers, she talks to Shami Chakrabarti - the director of Liberty - about Bowie's changing identities, sociologist Rupa Huq tackles his suburban psychoses, and Shyama Perera takes Samira on a journey to explain how her teenage obsession with Bowie even extended to sending costume designs to her hero, enabling her to claim that "I Dressed Ziggy Stardust".

Presenter: Samira Ahmed

Producer: Alice Bloch

A Whistledown/ Kati Whitaker production for BBC Radio 4.

2013031620160116 (R4)

For more than four decades, David Bowie entranced his followers. In this programme Samira Ahmed looks at his particular appeal for British Asian women.

Across the generations, they were inspired by the skinny South Londoner, who challenged gender barriers and who played with alien identity and other-worldliness. Beneath the make up and exotic costumes, he was also the intelligent, politely spoken suburban young man who you could potentially introduce to your mother.

As Samira explores Bowie's impact on British Asian teenagers, she talks to Shami Chakrabarti - the director of Liberty - about Bowie's changing identities, sociologist Rupa Huq tackles his suburban psychoses, and Shyama Perera takes Samira on a journey to explain how her teenage obsession with Bowie even extended to sending costume designs to her hero, enabling her to claim that "I Dressed Ziggy Stardust".

Presenter: Samira Ahmed

Producer: Alice Bloch

A Whistledown/ Kati Whitaker production for BBC Radio 4.

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For more than four decades, David Bowie has entranced his followers. As he releases his first new material in ten years, Samira Ahmed looks at his particular appeal for British Asian women.

Across the generations, they have been inspired by the skinny South Londoner who challenged gender barriers and who played with alien identity and other worldliness. Beneath the make up and exotic costumes, he was also the intelligent, politely spoken suburban young man who you could potentially introduce to your mother.

As Samira explores Bowie's impact on British Asian teenagers, she talks to Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of 'Liberty', about Bowie's changing identities. Sociologist Rupa Huq tackles his suburban psychoses and Shyama Perera takes Samira on a journey to explain how her teenage obsession with Bowie even extended to sending costume designs to her hero - arguably enabling her to claim that "I dressed Ziggy Stardust".

(Image: David Bowie on stage in 1973, Credit: Getty Images)

Why does David Bowie appeal so much to British Asian women?

As David Bowie releases his first album in ten years, Samira Ahmed looks at his particu...

As David Bowie releases his first album in ten years, Samira Ahmed looks at his particular appeal for British Asian women.

As Samira explores Bowie's impact on British Asian teenagers, she talks to Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of 'Liberty', about Bowie's changing identities. Sociologist Rupa Huq tackles his suburban psychoses and Shyama Perera takes Samira on a journey to explain how her teenage obsession with Bowie even extended to sending costume designs to her hero - enabling her arguably to claim that "I Dressed Ziggy Stardust".

Presenter: Samira Ahmed

Producer: Alice Bloch

A Kati Whitaker production for BBC Radio 4.