Life On Marlborough Street – Soho Shows Off David Bowie

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It was just the other day that I was meeting Bob Fingerman in a pub on Wardour Street in London where I used to regularly drink,that I discovered it used to be one of David Bowie's old haunts. But then I get the feeling that's true of much of Soho.

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From April 14th to 21st, The Museum of Soho will be hosting a "Pop Up" exhibition at 35 Beak St, London W1F 9SX, in collaboration with Spindle Magazine and The British Record Shop Archive, highlighting "Bowie's Soho" as part of Record Store Day 2016.


David Bowie's love of music was nurtured by record shops in suburban Bromley where he frequented three shops: Medhurst's department shop, Roberston's music shop and Furlong's, a record shop where he briefly worked as a Saturday boy.

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When David Jones – as he was still known then – moved into Soho as a teenager with dreams of stardom he continued to frequent record shops with Dobell's jazz, blues and folk shop on Charing Cross Road & HMV's Oxford Street shop being his favourites. Young David Jones would visit various record shops in the UK to promote his debut 45. Throughout his life he spoke fondly of the London record shops that helped shape his sound and vision.

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The popular "Record Shops of Soho-1946-1996" map has been updated adding 50+ more shops. A2 Posters of this can be purchased at the "Pop Up". Also on display will be Illustrators Tributes To David Bowie, recently featured in Spindle Magazine.


On April 16th, As part of the exhibition they have organised free, special screenings from the BBC Arena Archive of Bowie related documentaries at 01 Zero One Studios which can be booked here.

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  • "Nic Roeg: It's About Time", The first major profile of the great British film director Nicolas Roeg, examining his very personal vision of cinema as in such films as Performance and The Man Who Fell to Earth.
  • "My Way", An investigation of the appeal and power of this popular song.
  • "Walk on the Wild Side", The story behind Lou Reed's classic song celebrating transvestism
  • Kindly supported by Time Out London_ BBC Arena_01 Studios and a tour of Bowie's Soho.
  • April 15, 19:00 Tour 1:
  • April 17,14:00 Tour 2:
  • Walks on the Wild Side. A Tour of Bowie's Soho.
  • Soho has played an important role in shaping the careers of many legendary artists.
    Step back in time to the 1960's and 1970's and walk in the footsteps of David Bowie in this fascinating area of London.
  • Meeting point, outside Foyles Bookshop. 107 Charing Cross Rd. London, WC2H 0DT
  • Two tours are scheduled lasting approx. 1 hour 40 min
  • The tour is led by London tour guide and blogger Nika Garrett.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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