It’s been 5 years since the man, the myth, the legend David Bowie passed from this Earth. Next year, the rock legend should have turned 75 if he hadn’t been stricken with liver cancer. To honor his birthday anyway, pop-up stores are appearing in both New York and London called affectionately Bowie 75. These stores provide everything Bowie to the lifelong fans and the ones who don’t know yet that they should be fans. CELEB brings the details on these stores, and what you’ll find when walking into a Bowie 75.
It’s hard to believe that someone who always seemed so eternally youthful would have turned 75 next year, but Bowie was born in 1947. Fans have long honored him by donning his signature face paint and wearing more Ziggy Stardust merchandise. Now, they can refresh their closets by taking a stroll into a Bowie 75.
Opening now through early 2022 in both the US and UK, Bowie 75 is a romp through the history of Bowie and his legend. The London location opened at the site where Bowie filmed the cover art for his 1972 album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. A wordy album often shortened to simply, “Ziggy Stardust,” it’s one of Bowie’s most iconic contributions to rock history, and accordingly the site of his memorial store.
The store boasts memorabilia and limited edition records for fans to purchase, curated from Bowie’s estate. There’s also an interactive portion for fans to engage with, including a replica of the phone box that grace the back of the Ziggy Stardust album. The phone box is more than just a replica though; when fans pick up the phone they’ll be able to hear clips of Bowie’s voice from interviews, and an interactive mirror will place them right in the star’s most famous outfits. Film producer legend and musician Nile Rodgers was pictured at the opening, ear to the phone receiver.
Per MetroUK, “The co-curator of the V&A’s David Bowie Is exhibition, Victoria Broackes, said it was important for the shop to resemble who Bowie was as as person: ‘I think the thing is that you can come here and buy things, but you can also come here and just have a great time, and I think that’s what’s really important.
‘I think there’s something very Bowie about that, he wouldn’t and never did do anything in the ordinary way, he always wanted to take it to that extra level.’”
The Legacy of Bowie
Bowie was bornDavid Robert Jones January 8, 1947, in Brixton, South London, England. From the beginning, a young Bowie showed an aptitude for music, and by 13 he was playing the saxophone. Older half-brother Terry helped inspire Bowie, and introduced him to rock and roll. Heartbreakingly, Terry battled mental illness and was institutionalized before committing suicide in 1985. Bowie long struggled with the tragedy of losing his beloved brother to first mental illness suicide, his pain translating through songs later in his career.
After graduating high school at 16, Bowie worked as an artist. Because his name was David Jones, the budding artist and musician worried about being confused with The Monkees singer Davy Jones, he changed his name to David Bowie in honor of pioneer Jim Bowie.
Bowie cut his first album in his late teens, but it wasn’t a success so he took a sabbatical from the industry for awhile. In ’67, Bowie lived at a monastery for a short time, and met a woman named Angela Barnett whom he later married. They had a son together named Duncan “Zowie” Jones. They divorced after 10 years of marriage.
In 1969, Bowie was back to music and released the “Space Oddity” single, an overnight success. The BBC network used the song in their coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which rocketed it into the public’s consciousness. In rapid succession, Bowie released albums The Man Who Sold the World in 1970 and Hunky Dory in ’71, helping cement his place as a rock legend. But it was 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars that made Bowie the legend he is today. This album marked a change, ending the era of the Woodstock hippie and love-ins and catapulting the world into the future, were rock-synth and edgy topics were more the focus.
Bowie collaborated with famous artists over the years including Iggy Pop, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger among others, seamlessly floating between genres. He would later star in 1986 Labyrinth, a cult classic that is worshipped to this day. Bowie’s portrayal of the Goblin King is both iconic and remarkable and proved he was multi-faceted as an artist.
Bowie went on to make savvy business choices and continue his acting and music careers, releasing his final album January 8, 2016. He died two days later after an 18-month battle with liver cancer.
How and When to Visit Bowie 75
For lifelong fans of the rock star, a chance to walk into a Bowie 75 is about reconnecting with his spirit. Although Bowie was born in London, he spent decades living in NYC and it was his second home, the perfect place to house the second pop-up. Both the New York and London locations opened Monday October the 25th.
Both locations will host events during their tenure, and will remain open until the end of January 2022. Whether you’re there for the DJ display, interactive phone booth, wall of magnets or just to score some merch, every fan will find something and every prospective fan will walk away enchanted. For more information or to plan your visit, check out the Bowie 75 website.