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Bowie's psychedelic summer of 69 - in a London suburb

January 4th, 2016

Episode 774 of 1282 episodes

The suburb of Beckenham in South East London was “absolutely fizzing with excitement and activity” in the summer of 1969, when David Bowie started a creative arts scene, said author Mary Finnigan. The contribution of that scene to rock history, which became known as the Beckenham Arts Lab, has been "shamefully ignored", according to Mary Finnigan, who has written a book titled Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab. BBC Entertainment Correspondent Colin Paterson spoke to her bout her relationship with David Bowie that summer, during which time he was “bi-sexually multi-timing her”.

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