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Pictures: Bowie's top Berlin haunts

Published: 20 Mar 2013 14:06 GMT+01:00

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.

Join us on a tour of Bowie's Berlin.

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15:07 March 21, 2013 by faschuman
His first single "Where Are We Now" was cryptic. Was he literally showing us that the bottle is empty?

This is my interpretation: https://sites.google.com/site/fasmusicvideowherearewenow/
16:00 March 21, 2013 by stenhousei
It's a little known fact that Bowie has been a Tennis Borussia fan since his day's in Berlin. He and Iggy were a regular feature at TeBe games during the 77-78 season. More recently he contributed royalties from his Tin Machine albums to the We Save TeBe campaign and can still be seen on the terraces of the Mommsenstadion a couple of times a season.
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