BOWIE SIGHTS

Where London - - David Bowie -

A MU­RAL In 2013, street artist James Cochran painted the out­side wall of Mor­leys de­part­ment store in Brix­ton with a mu­ral based on Bowie’s Aladdin Sane al­bum cover. Mourn­ers scrawled so many mes­sages over it that it had to be re­painted, and Lam­beth Coun­cil is in talks to make it a listed mon­u­ment. Tuns tall Rd, SW 98 EH BIRTH­PLACE Bowie’s child­hood home is an or­di­nary-look­ing four-bed­room house, a cou­ple of streets up from the O2 Academy Brix­ton, the mu­sic venue where Bowie per­formed in later life. In­ter­viewed about its her­itage in the Mir­ror news­pa­per, the house’s cur­rent owner was unim­pressed: ‘It’s not a big deal. The odd per­son takes pho­tos of the house but noth­ing more than that.’ 40 St ans field Rd, SW99RZ ZIGGY STARDUST COVER On the cover of TheRise­andFall ofZiggy Stardust and the Spi­ders fromMars, the al­bum that first sent Bowie’s ca­reer strato­spheric, he is pho­tographed in Hed­don Street, off Re­gent Street, un­der a K. West sign (which was later stolen by a fan). The furrier in ques­tion has long since given way to posh restaurants, but a plaque com­mem­o­rates the spot where Bowie stood: at No 23, then a makeshift studio in which pho­tog­ra­pher Brian Ward was do­ing the cover shoot. Hed­donSt,W1B4BQ

Clock­wise from left: TheRise­andFallof Zig­gyS­tar­du­s­tandthe Spi­der­s­fromMars al­bum cover; David Bowie per­form­ing; mu­ral in Brix­ton

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