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Brixton launch for Bowie tribute album

A new tribute album to Brixton-born icon David Bowie is being launched with a night of music at Brixton Village. On Friday 28 May the South London husband and wife DJ partnership Handson Family are presenting a set in the Village Courtyard. Alongside Bowie classics will be tracks from the reimagined album Modern Love from...

Brixton Bowie fan back for anniversary

Clive Daly, a Brixton resident for 60 years, returned to the Bowie mural on the side wall of Morleys this week to mark the fourth anniversary of the performer’s death on 10 January 2016. Clive, who plays Bowie music at the mural, did so every day for the first two...

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: Bowie sculpture campaigners plan cheaper ZiggyZag #2

The organisers of the bid to raise nearly £1 million to build a giant sculpture opposite Brixton Tube station to commemorate David Bowie say that, despite only getting pledges worth £50,000, they will continue with attempts to celebrate the musician in Brixton where he was born. Charlie Waterhouse, creative director...

Brixton to build permanent memorial to Bowie

A permanent memorial to David Bowie is planned for Brixton, his place of birth. The nine-metre high memorial will be located in Tunstall Road opposite Brixton tube and near the Bowie mural. The structure will turn the make-up flash from the cover of Bowie's 1973 album Aladdin Sane into a giant sculpture made...

David Bowie on the Bovril wall

The projection was organised by the Davidbowie.community organisation in association with the Brixton Pound with support from Lambeth council and Brixton BID.

Bowie memorial attacked

Police were called and one arrest made in the early hours of this morning after vandals attacked tributes at the David Bowie memorial at the side of Morleys on two occasions. Local resident Rob Goacher said he heard screaming and a commotion around the memorial at about 11pm. From his...

Academy to host Bowie celebration

Brixton’s O2 Academy is to host a benefit show celebrating David Bowie and featuring key musical collaborators including Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell and Gerry Leonard. The event, on Sunday 8 January 2017 is in aid of the Children and the Arts charity and...

Tiny Bowie garden in Windrush Square

Windrush Square was last week home to a tiny garden celebrating David Bowie’s music. It was created by The Pothole Gardener, Steve Wheen, working with thejoyofplants.co.uk, an initiative of The Flower Council of Holland. He created two other miniature gardens a “garden fit for a Queen” on the South Bank to...

Bowie auction bids top a grand

Bidding for a piece of Bowie memorabilia being auctioned by Brixton Pound has already gone over £1,000. The auction is for a limited edition A3 print of its famous £10 note featuring David Bowie. The print (numbered #001) is published by This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll, who originally designed the award-winning note. The famous...

Council to list Bowie mural and clear flowers

Lambeth council is to protect the David Bowie mural on the side of Morleys that has become a shrine to the artist who was born in Brixton and died in January. A local listing will protect the mural and the council is also considering renaming the area where the mural is...

Brixton Unitarians to hold Bowie memorial service

Brixton Unitarians will be holding a special service to commemorate the life of David Bowie at the Effra Road Chapel on Sunday 28 February. The service, which starts at 10.15am, will include a live band playing a selection of the Brixton legend's hits, with plenty of opportunity to sing along. The...

Bowie mural artist to visit his Brixton work

Jimmy C, whose Bowie mural on the side of Morleys has become a worldwide icon, will visit the site on Wednesday (10 February) morning to see the flowers and tributes there. He has been in Australia for two months. Jimmy C – James Cochran – is to release a limited edition...

Brixton would benefit from a bit of Bowie …

Local residents and David Bowie fans have called for a permanent memorial in Brixton, as tributes continue to pile high in frontof the mural of the late star. Since his death at 69 on 10 January, fans have been pouring into Brixton to remember the musician who was born here....

David Bowie and the strange power of celebrity deaths

By Jessica Prupas, a Canadian writer now living in London I, like many others, made the pilgrimage to Brixton the day after David Bowie’s death.  There was a heaviness to January 11th – the air in South London seemed thicker. Born in 1992, I was too late for Ziggy Stardust and...

David Bowie. Citizen of Brixton and the World

David Bowie was born David Jones on 8 January 1947 at his family home on 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton, where he lived until the age of six. He changed his name in 1966 after Davy Jones of The Monkees shot to fame. The son of a waitress and promotions officer...

Advertising covering Brixton’s Bowie mural removed after outcry

The Brixton community were shocked when the David Bowie mural on the side of Morley’s was covered up with advertising today. However, after an outcry on Twitter, ProperCorn removed the section covering the artwork by street artist Jimmy C hours later. The popcorn company said they had permission from the artist...

Slavoj Žižek on gentrification, the Brixton Pound, and David Bowie

This weekend Brixton played host to the controversial and celebrated radical philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek. On Friday The Ritzy aired the UK premiere of The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, a film by director Sophie Fiennes (sister to Ralph) starring the Slovenian marxist academic, including a lively and...

David Bowie Brixton mural officially unveiled

One of Brixton’s most famous sons, David Bowie, has been immortalised in a wall painting at the heart of the town. The mural, unveiled last month, was painted by Australian street artist James Cochran and can be found on the wall of Morley’s department store, in Tunstall Road. It is...

David Bowie mural goes up on side of Morley’s store, Brixton

  These pictures, taken by Sarah Cook and Kaylene Alder, show the image is of Bowie on the cover of his 1973 album Aladdin Sane. The rock god  lived at 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton, from his birth in 1947 until 1953. Do you know who is behind the mural? Email newsdesk@brixtonblog.com.    

Electric Brixton gets community listing

Lambeth council has made the Electric Brixton venue next to the town hall an asset of community value (ACV) to protect its future. The building has a long and distinguished past as a Brixton venue, including time as the Ace cinema and Fridge nightclub. An ACV is land or property of...