Despite being British, David Bowie will always be associated with Berlin, Germany. This is due to the fact that in the days of the Berlin Wall, Bowie lived in West Berlin, along with Iggy Pop. During that time, the late, beloved artist made his “Berlin trilogy” of albums, Low, “Heroes”, and Lodger. Now, Berlin is paying tribute to its former resident by unveiling a plaque on the house that Bowie lived in those many years ago.
The plaque is mostly in German, but the rough translation of the text reads, “In this house lived from 1976 to 1978 David Bowie 8.1.1947 – 10.1.2016. In this time arose the albums Low, Heroes, and Lodger. They go by the Berlin Trilogy in the history of music.” Then, in English, a line from “Heroes,” a song inspired by seeing producer Tony Visconti kissing his girlfriend at the Berlin Wall: “We can be heroes, just for one day.”
It’s a simple tribute to Bowie, whose death earlier this year led to a tremendous outpouring from the multitudes of people who loved his music. People will likely want to make the pilgrimage to Bowie’s former house in Berlin to see this plaque, and to see his former home. It’s an officially marked piece of music history now, as it should be.
(Via Consequences of Sound)