With his first new album for 10 years hitting the number one spot and a sell-out exhibition at the V&A Museum, David Bowie once again seems to have hijacked the zeitgeist. He is quite literally everywhere you look. But although he may live in New York, Bowie is a London boy at heart. Born and brought up in Brixton, you can hear his distinctive London accent in every song he sings.
Amazingly after 10 years of silence from the star, Bowie’s popularity remains undiminished. The V&A exhibition, which will celebrate his 50-year career with more than 300 items of clothing, photographs and memorabilia, is the museum’s fastest ever selling event; more than 47,000 tickets have been reserved in advance. So book your ticket now and take a trip to South Kensington if you want to see Ziggy Stardust bodysuits, Diamond Dogs set designs and Bowie’s own sketches and hand written song lyrics.
Bowie’s links to London over the years have been many and varied. Born in Brixton, David Jones (to use his real name) went to school in Stockwell and Bromley. He was famously photographed in Hedden Street in London’s West End for the cover of the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and he has lived in Manchester Street in Marylebone, Clareville Grove in South Kensington, Vale Court in Maida Vale, South End Road in Beckenham and Oakley Street in Chelsea. However, in 1974 he upped sticks and moved to New York and since then has lived in Germany, Switzerland, Australia, the West Indies and California.
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