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David Bowie and Berlin: A decadent desolation that still resonates in nightlife

David Bowie and Berlin: A decadent desolation that still resonates in nightlife

The last time I went to Berlin, I got on a wrong train at the Schonefeld Airport, and ended up alone in the distant suburbs. It was almost midnight and close to freezing, and I’d terribly underpacked for the weather.

I’d gone to see a friend who moved there to make anarchic noise-folk and tour via rail (like David Bowie, he’d been in an accident that left him with a profoundly damaged eye, and he couldn’t drive). But my first impressions of the city that night were of standing alone, viciously cold, and waiting for a train that might not come.

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