Remembering ‘Heroes’: Berlin Unveils Plaque To David Bowie

Berlin’s mayor has inaugurated a memorial to a hero: a plaque commemorating David Bowie’s time in the then-divided city in the late 1970s.

Mayor Michael Mueller recalled Bowie’s “special relationship” with Berlin as he unveiled the plaque Monday at the building where Bowie lived from 1976 to 1978.

The singer died in January aged 69, and the sidewalk outside the house on a busy street in the city’s Schoeneberg district – home to a dental practice among other things – turned into a makeshift shrine in the subsequent weeks.

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People take photos of a commemorative plaque for David Bowie in Berlin, Germany.

Bowie’s albums Low and Heroes were made in West Berlin. The plaque quotes the refrain from the latter’s title track – “We can be heroes, just for one day.”