Brixton loses its brightest star man – a Brixton tribute to David Bowie

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We’re all very shocked and sad to hear the news that the brilliant David Bowie has passed away this morning after an eighteen month battle with cancer.

Like most other music-lovers on the planet, we’re all massive fans of his work across the decades here at Brixton Buzz and thought we should pay tribute to the iconic Brixton legend.

Brixton loses its brightest star man - a Brixton tribute to David Bowie

 

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[Bowie posters in Coldharbour Lane, May 2013]

On 8th January 1947 Margaret Mary Peggy Jones (an usherette at the local cinema) and John Jones (who worked for Barnado’s) gave birth to Brixton’s most famous son, David Robert Jones. He was born in the family home at number 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton, SW9 9RZ. Here’s a fantastic photo of Bowie signing autographs from the family home, when he returned to Brixton years later… (image included courtesy of photographer, Eddie Mullholland).

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David lived in Brixton with his Mum and Dad until he was six years old.

He attended Stockwell Infants School until 1953 when the family moved out to Beckenham. The young David Jones sung in his school choir and was reported as having an ‘adequate’ singing voice.

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Little did his teachers know, the quiet young boy would go on to become one of the world’s most popular, innovative and iconic Rock stars.

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(David Bowie live at Brixton Academy. The image appears courtesy of justinthomasphotography.co.uk)

David Bowie celebrated his 69th birthday on Friday by releasing his latest new album – the critically acclaimed ‘Blackstar’ which looks set to rocket to number one this week.

Bowie is currently the face of the £10 Brixton Pound note…

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He has also been immortalised in the  Aladdin Sane street mural on the side of Morleys department store courtesy of James Cochran (aka Jimmy C).

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Brixton Buzz pays tribute to the life, work, music and art of David Bowie. If you have any memories of David Bowie you’d like to share with us, please feel free to leave a comment below.