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David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab

David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab

7.30pm Wednesday February 22

Kirkdale Bookshop
272 Kirkdale
SE26 4RS

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David Bowie was 22 years old and still living with his parents in south-east London when, quite by chance, he met Mary Finnigan, moving in with her in the spring of 1965.

With a small group of psychedelic pioneers, they launched the Beckenham Arts Lab in a local pub and organised a free music festival in the town’s park.

This book is the full story of his pivotal year in Beckenham, written by his friend, lover, and landlady, one of the first people to encourage and support him.

Mary Finnigan presents a newly expanded first edition with an added epilogue in the aftermath of Bowie’s death two days after the book was first published. With new images including two previously unpublished photos of his Beckenham days.

This is bound to be popular – reserve your place now at the bookshop.