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08 January 2024

Paris names street after David Bowie in celebration of music star’s legacy

08 January 2024

Paris is immortalising late British music star David Bowie by naming a street after him in the city’s south-east on what would have been his 77th birthday.

The inauguration of rue David-Bowie was first announced in 2020 by Jerome Coumet, mayor of the 13th arrondissement.

Bowie died of cancer in 2016.

The new street, situated between two modern office buildings, including the headquarters of news publications Le Monde and L’Obs, opens onto avenue Pierre-Mendes-France and will connect to the future bridge linking the avenue to boulevard de l’Hopital, near Austerlitz train station and Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital.

The inauguration features a concert and an exhibit.

The development reflects the ongoing transformation of the district, which celebrates the legacy of Bowie along with other notable figures.

The tribute celebrates Bowie’s first Paris performance in 1965 – his first outside the United Kingdom – and his lasting impact on music, fashion and culture.

Bowie’s influence on music, with hits like Space Oddity and Let’s Dance, and on fashion, are now permanently recognised in the Paris city landscape.

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