A highly hyped David Bowie store has opened in central London and it is undeniably “a store”.
Bowie 75 is in Heddon Street, a short hidden pedestrian street from Regents Street that is notable among Bowie fans as this is where the cover was photographed for his 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
In fact, the temporary store is directly opposite where the cover was photographed – and there is a small plaque on the wall next to the place.
The store itself, yes, it’s the kind of store one would expect for a concert, with piles upon piles of t-shirts, and backpacks, and CDs and vinyls to pay high prices for.
More interesting is a telephone box inside the store, you can go in and call a number to hear the man himself talk about his work. Or probably based on what I saw on my visit, posing in it for a picture. Downstairs is a very small dark room playing songs that have been remastered in 3D stereo, albeit quite thin for the song being played on my visit.
If you’re a Bowie fan, this would be a place you would like to visit because it’s atmospheric, even if you do not buy anything. The store closes next January, on the anniversary of David Bowie’s 75th birthday.
What you want to do though is walk to the corner opposite the store and walk down the alley to a phone box. Actually, that telephone box. The one that appeared on the back of the Ziggy album, and today is covered in Bowie graffiti.
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