Like a myriad of prior college students, when my friends and I first came to London we took pictures of ourselves standing in the phone booth that David Bowie made famous (We also did the obligatory “walking across the Abbey Road” photo. We were one person short but it didn’t matter; we just chose our John Lennon from the many obliging tourists waiting to stage their own photos). This week others came to honour the legendary red phone booth and the sacred spot under the “K. West” sign.
If the diversity of London’s magic can be captured by the citation of a single pub quiz-worthy fact, it might be that only two fictional characters are memorialized here by English Heritage blue plaques: Sherlock Holmes and Ziggy Stardust. Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp tells the tale of the iconic album cover that introduced the world to Ziggy.
One of the treats of the 30th anniversary edition of the classic album is this previously little known acoustic track of the title song, sung by Bowie with just the right touch of rawness in his voice. Enjoy.