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/ 12:54 PM October 28, 2021
"Bowie 75" David Bowie pop-up shop opens in Soho neighbourhood of New York City

A discography wall of the late rock and roll artist David Bowie’s albums is pictured inside “Bowie 75”, a new David Bowie interactive pop-up exhibit and shop in Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, in New York City, New York, U.S., Oct. 27, 2021. Image: Reuters/Mike Segar

NEW YORK — A pop-up shop-cum-exhibition in New York is celebrating David Bowie on his upcoming 75th birth anniversary.

Located in the Manhattan neighborhood of Soho where the British singer lived, the multimedia experience, entitled “Bowie 75,” will remain open free of charge through January. The date of Bowie’s birthday, Jan. 8, will be marked.

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"Bowie 75" David Bowie pop-up shop opens in Soho neighbourhood of New York City

Images and items for sale are pictured inside “Bowie 75”, a new David Bowie interactive pop-up exhibit and shop in Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, in New York City, New York, U.S., Oct. 27, 2021. Image: Reuters/Mike Segar

“This is meant to be a celebration of David, for David and for his fans,” Lawrence Peryer, the producer of “Bowie 75,” said in an interview.

The exhibit of all things Bowie, who died in 2016, includes gift-shop displays of Bowie-emblazoned and themed T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, posters, books and other paraphernalia.

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"Bowie 75" David Bowie pop-up shop opens in Soho neighbourhood of New York City

David Bowie candles for sale are pictured inside “Bowie 75,” a new David Bowie interactive pop-up exhibit and shop, in Soho neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., Oct. 27, 2021. Image: Reuters/Mike Segar

Also of note are a series of multimedia displays that aim to bring the icon back to life. Bowie can be heard opining on topics such as the public interpretation of artwork in telephone messages you can listen to in a replica of a K2 British phonebox seen on the album cover of “Ziggy Stardust.”

Another immersive experience allows visitors to listen to Bowie in a 360-surround soundspace.

"Bowie 75" a David Bowie pop-up shop opens in Soho neighbourhood of New York City

A man listens to music by the late rock and roll artist David Bowie inside “Bowie 75,” a new David Bowie interactive pop-up exhibit and shop in Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, in New York City, New York, U.S., Oct. 27, 2021. Image: Reuters/Mike Segar

Fans can also write digital messages at a station called “Ground Control to Major Tom,” an allusion to the lyrics of the Bowie classic, “Space Oddity.”

“David Bowie has saved my life and many people’s lives. He’s my favorite person, my favorite artist, so he’s made me love life,” said New York singer-songwriter, Alessandra Mendez. “This is just great.”

An additional “Bowie 75” pop-up shop-and-exhibit is also available in Bowie’s other major haunt of London. JB

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