David Bowie’s Soho
It will be the 2nd anniversary of David Bowie’s death on the 10th January. We can’t think of a better way of remembering him that by re-visiting sites in our local neighbourhood that are particularly associated with the great man.
During the 1960s, La Gioconda at 9 Denmark Street was a coffee shop where Bowie would hangout with his equally ambitious friend, Mark Feld – aka Marc Bolan. In November 1964, a researcher from the BBC dropped by looking for looking for young men sporting long hair, leading to a 17 year old David giving a memorable interview about his newly-founded Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men with Cliff Michelmore on the ‘Tonight’ show.
The Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street
Bowie had started to play gigs at the club in the late 1960s, but it’s perhaps best remembered in the Bowie legend as the site of his last ever performance as Ziggy Stardust in 1973.
‘One of my keenest memories of The Marquee was having a permanent erection because there were so many fantastic looking girls in there.’ Bowie
Trident Studios – St Annes’ Place
Adele’s last album, ‘25’ took 5 years to record and had 13 producers and co-producers. Bowie recorded ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Hunky Dory’ and ‘Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’, classics all, in a period of less than 2 years at the beginning of the 70s. All 3 albums were recorded at the iconic Trident Studios.
On a cold and rainy January night in 1972, dressed like ‘a cross between Nijinsky and Woolworths’, ‘space invader’ Ziggy Stardust first landed on Earth on what is, in reality, a really quite ordinary London back street. Photographer Brian Ward captured the moment, hand-coloured the results and created sheer bloody poetry.
We’re just space-cadets – he’s the commander…. Here’s a short Soho-related selection of songs from Mr Bowie.