Ladydust ® The Book, excerpts chapter 65, 66. Photo © Dimitris Petratzas - Thinkbabymusic Collective

Ladydust ® The Book
Excerpts Chapter 65, 66
Photo © Dimitris Petratzas

Things between Elina and Ziggy were not going very well at all as he was being arrested once again by the British authorities, this time for good. The latest scam he managed to organize involved a grand theft of cashmere quality fabrics and expensive jewellery, which all went down in a completely unfortunate way ending in the loss of his freedom for quite some time. It didn't just cost him his freedom, it cost him his relationship with Elina, who now seemed to have exceeded the limits of what she was able to endure with him. She had risked being arrested as an accomplice once the police visited their house, or rather, commune where they lived in London's Docklands, among the rest of his gang, it was the day after Bowie’s concert. And this was the reason behind their heated argument at the Wembley Stadium. His behavior and actions not only appeared to be indifferent he had also, in addition, finally put her life in imminent danger. It was more than a mere few times that he'd ask her to aid him in these types of ventures, having her show up on his behalf at numerous dodgy transactions and random dealings of his.

Elina would confide in Amanda in tears, narrating their adventurous tales and how she'd done it all against her will, it simply for his sake, while living with him in a filthy common room without any windows in the middle of the winter in one of the most notorious quarters of London. Amanda listened, but understood she still wasn't over him, and indeed, that was exactly how it was. Elina would make new efforts within the relationship further in the future, while often visiting him in the London prisons.

There were many times where Ziggy too, showed similar delusions of pain and devoted love for her. Most of the time he was unable to reach her so he would call Amanda from prison, and Amanda had literally heard it all from him. One time, he almost insanely described how jealous he was of Jim Morrison, considering him as the prickly thorn in his relationship with Elina. Amanda even tried to explain to him that Jim Morrison had died in 1971 and that, as much as he had influenced her friend Elina, along with so many others on this planet including herself, Elina had never actually met him, therefore what he was claiming could never possibly been true, but it was in vain.

Jim Morrison, however, was in fact a symbolic figure that certainly seemed to haunt both Amanda and Elina within their respective relationships. On one hand, he haunted Elina and Ziggy with the repetitive incidents and senseless jealousies while on the other, he haunted Amanda who had recently met Courtney T. through a transpired circumstance revolving around the original Doors cover art for 'LA Woman'. That first, original cover of that album, later withdrawn by the band’s record company and hailed as heretic and provocative, depicted a woman crucified on a telephone pole. The model was allegedly 18-year-old Cherilyn Sarkisian soon to be known as Cher, while art director, Carl Cossick, was looking to provide a visual metaphor for the cultural exploitation of women. What Amanda had mentioned Courtney, even before being properly introduced to him in the loft of a small rock club in the Athenian-downtown Exarcheia area, was that, just as that girl was depicted on the cross, she felt that was exactly how rock fans ultimately seek to crucify their idols.

Months later, in the elevator of a hotel where she and Elina were on their way to meet Courtney on the roof garden, the door mistakenly opened on the wrong floor and the girls were suddenly met by him to both their surprise. The first thing Amanda would say to him would again be a referral to Morrison, stating how he would never have allowed or done anything like what Courtney's band had just done, selling their song to a corporate company and have it used in television commercials, this was fact, and she used the story of 'Light My Fire' to prove her point.

"Oh, really?" Courtney’s smiling and unperturbed response to her in his usual flattening and cynical manner. "Doesn't Morrison live rich somewhere in Africa alongside that poet Rimbaud?”

Jim Morrison seemed to haunt and generally hover over Amanda's meeting with Courtney along with many previous events in her friends’ lives, for a long time. This was actually occurring since 1992, nine years before this encounter, when seeing the film "The Doors" for the first time had given Amanda a full blown cultural shock. It was almost inexplicable by any reasonable standards how the enormous influence of one particular scene had on her, one where Morrison was depicted in a confrontation with Andy Warhol, who had pointedly thrown a telephone device in the latter's face.

It was the same device with which a frame earlier, Warhol had sarcastically invited Jim to converse with God. Warhol, known for his cynicism was portrayed in the movie which was, after all, based on true events, as someone who pushed situations to extremes, often crossing the limits. Inventive in the use of his existing mid range artistic talents, the truth was that Warhol was much better as an art dealer and manager of others than he was doing anything else.

Morrison, on the other hand, despite his young age, would not allow anyone to insult his beliefs; along with the wisdom and vision that both he and the heretic poets before him saw: that of spiritual elevation beyond the slavery of the senses and the corruption of matter. 

Amanda was also quite young when she saw this movie, however, by that time she had already acquired the necessary knowledge on Morrison, having read the equivalent biographies that had preceded the popular movie. She was also someone who was hardly a victim of sensationalism, especially when it came to art. It was this scene from the film that had affected her so much, and remained so for quite some time after watching it, she even became totally isolated and stopped socializing with her close circle of friends at one point, she spent an entire summer like that.

It was as if this period of solitude that found her immersed in her thoughts had somehow prepared the ground in terms of energy for what would actually transpire that night she met Courtney a decade later. Maybe it was nothing but a reenactment of that same scene from the movie, or a different version of it. Not even all the names of the main characters would be particularly altered.

So again, Morrison would intervene, through a line conceived in Amanda’s head in association with his original album cover. This absolutely prophetic approach of hers towards Courtney, would be like a strange - almost metaphysical - omen in the time to come, and of the cynicism of this other Andy, a supposed exponent of the rock scene with a name and, unfortunately, misogyny taken exactly right out of him.

But she did fail to realize then that the newer crucified woman would not be Cher this time, but someone else.

Excerpts from Chapter 65 and 66: "Ladydust ® The Book" is a magical journey where the incidents occurring in the lives of the characters are both perfectly tuned and connected with an invisible thread in the myths and symbols of the rock n' roll pantheon. The plot stars David Bowie, who is working to justify the pattern cited on his album "The Rise and the Fall of Ziggy Stardust", symbolically baptizing the glorious new avatar, Ladydust, whose book is based on.