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Berlin commemorates Bowie with plaque

AAP logoAAP 21/08/2016

Berlin, the city that served as the backdrop to a defining chapter in David Bowie's career, has honoured the singer with a memorial plaque outside his former home.

The porcelain plaque was unveiled in a ceremony in Schoeneberg, the neighbourhood where Bowie lived from 1976-78.

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It reads: "This time gave rise to the albums Low, Heroes and Lodger. They enter music history as the 'Berlin Trilogy.'" The trio of albums was produced at the famous Hansa Studios, not far from where the Berlin Wall stood.

The German capital was filled with tributes and mourning fans in January following Bowie's death.

His most famous work from the period, Heroes, reflected the zeitgeist of the Cold War and was described by Mayor Michael Mueller shortly after Bowie's death as "our then-divided city's hymn."

Speaking at Monday's event, Mueller said Bowie didn't need to wait the usual five years after his death to be officially commemorated. "With David Bowie we are quite certain" that he will remain an important symbol for Berlin for years to come.

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