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After a six-year campaign, a run-down musical landmark has really made the grade.
The bandstand from which David Bowie gave a free festival – having just released his first hit Space Oddity – has been granted Grade II listed status.
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The event in Beckenham, south-east London, was held 50 years ago today to raise money for an arts project run by the future rock star.
It attracted 3,000 fans to the Croydon Road Recreation Ground – somewhat fewer than the 500,000 hippies who that weekend in August 1969 were attending the Woodstock festival.
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Bowie lived nearby with landlady-turned-lover Mary Finnigan. A month later, Space Oddity became a hit, launching the career of one of the greats of rock music.
Bowie, whose songs include Let’s Dance, Ashes To Ashes and Starman, is said to have penned the lyrics to Life On Mars on the steps of the bandstand.
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