“New York’s à gogo and everything tastes nice,” sang David Bowie in his aboriginal ’70s hit, “The Jean Genie.”
This month, New York is so à gogo with vibrant Bowie spirit as “Bowie 75,” a year-long celebration of the iconoclast’s 75th birthday, launches with 2 exclusive experiential retail pop-ups: 1 connected Soho’s Wooster Street, and 1 connected Heddon Street successful the musician’s autochthonal London.
Both unfastened Oct. 25 — 75 days earlier Bowie would person turned 75 connected Jan. 8, and six years aft his passing connected Jan. 10, 2016. They volition tally until the extremity of adjacent January.
While London’s pop-up marks the site of the “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” album screen photograph shoot, the Wooster Street determination is simply a five-minute locomotion from Bowie’s last location connected Lafayette Street.
“These locations were chosen specifically,” Bowie 75 shaper Lawrence Peryer, 50, told The Post. Peryer grew up successful Hamden, Connecticut, earlier moving to New York City to enactment successful the euphony concern successful the 1990s, including on Bowie’s pioneering precocious ’90s artist-to-fan subscription website, BowieNet.
“It’s truly astir the authenticity,” helium added, speaking from his location successful the Pacific Northwest. “London was truthful important to Bowie arsenic an artist, and his instrumentality basal determination is phenomenally passionate. New York is wherever helium lived and made his precocious vocation music. He played the performance present aft 9/11; helium has truthful galore ties. I work a beauteous punctuation from SOMA mag wherever Bowie said, ‘I’m a New Yorker now.’ “
These dependable and imaginativeness museum-stores person good creation photography exhibits, video and a caller immersive “David Bowie successful Sony’s 360 Reality Audio” booth, overseen by Bowie’s longtime shaper Tony Visconti.
“This volition beryllium a rediscovery of his music,” Peryer said. “It’s this unthinkable caller spatial audio technology. This is similar listening successful a sphere with euphony emanating from each around.”
Interactive installations see “Ground Control,” wherever fans tin permission messages for Bowie. “Then everyone tin work them connected the exhibit’s website,” said Peryer. “This volition beryllium precise affectional for fans and a beauteous mode they tin explicit themselves.”
Fans tin besides constitute songs connected “The Cut Up Magnet Wall,” wherever magnets printed with antithetic Bowie lyrics tin beryllium jumbled up and rearranged into caller sentences with caller meanings — Bowie himself utilized the “cut-up” technique, borrowed from influential Beat writer William Burroughs.
“This is evocative of 1 of the ways David created songs,” said Peryer. “It’s debased tech, but precocious impact.”
Selfie ops see “Be a Bowie,” a bid of mirrors wherever radical tin measurement into Bowie costumes and personas; “I Am a DJ,” which recreates the BBC vigor booth for Bowie’s 1979 DJ set; and a custom-built, working, reddish K2 telephone box, à la the “Ziggy Stardust” medium cover. On Halloween, fans are invited to driblet by dressed successful Bowie regalia.
Fans tin bargain merchandise, singles and albums, including the forthcoming ‘90s reissue boxed set, “David Bowie 5: Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001),” out Nov. 26; and “Toy (Toy:Box),” a antecedently unreleased reprisal of respective aboriginal play Bowie songs recorded successful 2000, retired Jan. 7.
Special guests popping into the pop-ups see “Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016” author Chris O’Leary doing a Bowie opus breakdown, Dec. 4; and Bowie collaborator, instrumentalist and shaper Mark Plati, who volition caput the Wooster Street “Toy” medium merchandise party, Jan. 7, connected the eve of Bowie’s 75th birthday.
“We privation to springiness radical truly bully reasons to support coming backmost to the store,” said Peryer. “You tin store for memorabilia and music, but it’s a store for experiences, too. These are decidedly retail locations, but if that’s each they are, past we haven’t done our job.”
“Bowie 75,” 150 Wooster St., astatine W. Houston Street; Bowie75.com