Pictures: Bowie's top Berlin haunts
Published: 20 Mar 2013 14:06 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Mar 2013 14:06 GMT+01:00
A collective quiver has overtaken Berlin following David Bowie's homage to the city on his first album in over a decade. The Local takes a look at the Thin White Duke's favourite haunts in the German capital then and now.
Berliners have long revelled in their city's Bowie connection, so the decision by the British music legend to revisit his sojourn in West Berlin in the late 70s has raised spirits amid worries about rising rents, anger over the city's botched new airport, and concerns their hometown is slowly losing its aura of cool.
Littered with references to the city, Where Are We Now? is the first single from Bowie's recently released album The Next Day.
Bowie's song says he is walking the dead as he wanders through his Berlin memories, but despite his melancholic nostalgia he manages to convey a determined, if not exactly cheerful note – sort of like most Berliners you'd meet on the street.
The city has thrived on change since German reunification in 1990 – making many of the spots frequented by the British music legend in the 1970s nearly unrecognizable today.