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The singer spent productive years at Schöneberger Hauptstraße 155

David Bowie Berlin Home

Berlin Years: Productive Time

After the singer had gone through a cold drug withdrawal right at the beginning of his time in Berlin, he finished his album “Low”. With “Heroes” he then broke new musical ground and created one of his most successful works ever. The title song was inspired by a view out of the window at Hansa Studios in Kreuzberg: From there, he could look directly at the wall, where he observed a pair of lovers kissing – completely unimpressed by the guards. In 2017, the song was voted #1 of the most important 100 Berlin songs by radioeins.

In 1978, David Bowie was also in front of the camera together with Marlene Dietrich: In her last film “Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo” he embodied the male lead.

Support für Iggy Pop

Vielen unbekannt ist Bowies Anteil an der Entstehung von „The Idiot“ und „Lust for Life“. Das waren die ersten Soloalben seines Kollegen Iggy Pop. Der war mit ihm gemeinsam nach Berlin gekommen. Eine kurze Zeit lang teilten sich die beiden Rock-Größen sogar die Sieben-Zimmer-Altbauwohnung in der Hauptstraße 155. Als es ständig Streit gab, weil Pop regelmäßig den Kühlschrank plünderte, bezog der „Godfather of Punk“ eine Nachbarwohnung im selben Haus.
Bowie übernahm bei „The Idiot“ die Produktion sowie Begleitgesang, Synthesizer, Keyboard, Piano, Saxophon und Gitarre. Bei „Lust for Life“ Produktion und Piano. Beide Alben wurden ebenfalls 1977 veröffentlicht.

Gedenktafel für Bowie

Im Erdgeschoss der Hauptstraße 155 befindet sich heute eine Physiotherapiepraxis. Eine angebrachte Gedenktafel erinnert an Bowies Berliner Zeit. Ein aufgespraytes Bild im Stil des Albumcovers von „Aladdin Sane“ hält die Erinnerung ebenfalls wach. Noch immer werden vor dem Haus Blumen abgelegt.

Nach Bowies Tod am 10. Januar 2016 wurde ein Teil der Hauptstraße für einen Abend in „David-Bowie-Straße“ umbenannt.

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