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David Bowie arrives in Brixton, south London, in October 1989. Photo: Gettyimages
David Bowie arrives in Brixton, south London, in October 1989. Photo: Gettyimages

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3 cities touched by David Bowie

David Bowie grew up in London but lived most of his adult life in New York. A few years spent in Berlin in the 1970s marked a watershed in his career. Here are some key places in the three cities touched by Bowie's presence.

Berlin

Berlin. Photo: Shutterstock

Hauptstrasse

This is where Bowie and Iggy Pop lived in 1976. Bowie was often to be found at the gay café Neues Ufer next door (number 157) during this period. A photo of him hangs there today.

Hauptstrasse 155, Schöneberg, Berlin

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Hansa Tonstudio

Here Bowie recorded the classic Heroes and parts of Low together with music maker Brian Eno. The ­studio is still used today by artists from all over the world, and there is an excellent guided tour.

Hansa Tonstudio

Köthener Strasse 38, Berlin

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The Brücke Museum

Bowie often used to make his way to this small art museum just outside the city, which is home to a world-class collection of German ­expressionist art. The painting “Roquairol” by Erich Heckel inspired Bowie’s album cover for Heroes.

The Brücke Museum

Bussardsteig 9, Berlin

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New York

Lafayette Street

This is where Bowie lived with his wife Iman during his final years. Just hours after his death was announced, the sidewalk outside the entrance was full of flowers and messages from fans from all over the world.

285 Lafayette Street, New York

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New York Theatre Workshop

Lazarus was performed here right up to the end of January 2016, ­containing both old and new music by Bowie and with Michael C Hall in the lead role in a musical based on the same book as the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

79 East 4th Street, New York

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The Magic Shop

Two blocks from the apartment is the music studio where Bowie ­recorded his two final albums, The Next Day and Blackstar.

49 Crosby Street, New York

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London

 

Stansfield Road

This is where Bowie was born in 1947 and where he spent the first six years of his life. Around the corner today is a painted memorial wall in Bowie’s honor where fans usually pay tribute to their hero.

40 Stansfield Road, Brixton, London

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Denmark Street

A music street with a long history where a young Bowie planned his career. He even lived in a caravan on the street for a time. His old haunt, the Gioconda Coffee Bar (9 Denmark Street), no longer exists, but the spot is marked by a commemorative plaque on the wall. At Rose Morris (now at number 10, then at number 7), Bowie worked for a time packing boxes for a publisher. And just a few doors down was the Vintage and Rare Guitars music shop, where Bowie and his band bought their guitars.

Denmark Street, West End, London

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Heddon Street

An insignificant back street in ­London, were it not for the fact that one of ­history’s most famous album covers was photographed here in 1972. Four decades later, a plaque was put up in the spaceman’s honor at the place where the Ziggy Stardust cover was shot.

23 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London

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