David Bowie fans across London will today mark the one-year anniversary of the Starman’s death at a number of special events
The ‘boy from Beckenham’ had released his final studio album, Blackstar, just two days before his death from cancer on 10 January 2016. He was 69 years old.
Bowie, one of the country’s most influential musicians, was born David Jones in 1947 and lived at 40 Stansfield Road in Brixton. He moved to Bromley with his family when he was six, and the character Ziggy Stardust was born while he was living in Beckenham.
Brixtonites took to the street to pay tribute to the icon, laying flowers at the iconic mural on Tunstall Road across from the tube station, and many are set to do the same today according to an event set up on Facebook. (Painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, the mural caused a stir among local fans when it was covered up by an advertisement two years ago.)
Also in Brixton, The Ritzy cinema plans to screen a number of Bowie short films spanning five decades of his career, including Let’s Dance Down Under by Rubika Shah, which tells the fascinating story behind one of the most celebrated music videos ever made, the 1983 single Let’s Dance, shot in the Australian outback.
Thousands of fans attended a tribute concert at Brixton Academy on Sunday, which would have been his 70th birthday. The show was a ‘mammoth three-hour love-in’ that included performances of Bowie’s most-loved hits. Watch part of the show here.
There’s also a fantastic exhibition currently showing at Proud Chelsea: Bowie by Duffy is a celebration of the dynamic relationship between two of our greatest artistic innovators. This exhibition of original prints signed by the late Brian Duffy, running from 6 January-5 February, emphasises the longevity of David Bowie’s distinctive persona on the anniversary of what would have been his 70th birthday.
Others have posted tribute videos on YouTube, such as this rare video commemorating his birthday on 8 January:
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