David Bowie


Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … Read More »



The view from Croydon: A tribute to David Bowie

Posted on January 18th, by Katie Rose in Culture. No Comments

In the latest in the Citizen’s occasional ‘The View From Croydon’ series, Katie Rose remembers the south London boy who made his life and death a work of art

For those of us who grew up in the last fifty years, David Bowie is woven into the soundtrack of our lives, whether you were a crazy punk, mad rocker or pixie-booted ’80s teen like me, captivated by … Read More »



David Bowie’s journey from Croydon to the stars

Posted on January 12th, by Max Shirley in Culture. 2 comments

Max Shirley explores the life of the recently deceased icon, David Bowie

David Bowie was one of the most influential artists of his time. His pure genius led to the invention of many-a-persona and the revitalisation of the music industry as a whole. He began in space with Ziggy Stardust and ended as an artistic rocker, fallen, in Blackstar.

David Bowie broke all possible … Read More »



The fall of Fairfield

Posted on December 18th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. 5 comments

Critics of the proposed two years’ closure of the Fairfield Halls claim the plan jeopardises its future. The halls would be mourned, says Paul Dennis, but largely by people who didn’t go

I recently visited my solicitors in my home town of Burton on Trent to tie up a bit of business. As soon as I mentioned Croydon he said: “Ah, the Fairfield Halls“. His is a … Read More »



Controlling, influencing and subverting the media’s portrayal of Croydon

Posted on August 19th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Jonny Rose exhorts Croydon citizens to change the narrative in the national media

It has often been said that Croydon has an ‘image problem’.

For decades, the borough has been maligned for its unflattering hairstyles and lumpen residents. David Bowie described it as “so f**king boring”. Carnival organiser and UKIP canon-fodder Winston McKenzie described it as a “dump”. Then there were, of course, the … Read More »



Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: if David Bowie saw Croydon now

Posted on June 26th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 3 comments

“I hated it with a vengeance”, said David Bowie. Or did he? The clues are all there, thinks Andrew Dickinson

Approximately 300 of us packed in to the Arnhem Gallery last Thursday 11th June to be part of the travelling book-reading-cum-public-debate show, ‘Croydon Til I Die’, which looks at suburban life and questions why it’s so often – and so famously – been sneered at. Although … Read More »



“I cancelled the Sex Pistols.” Howard Bossick, former guvnor at the Greyhound, talks punk, smashed pianos and the music scene in 70s Croydon

Posted on April 29th, by Stephanie Darkes in Culture. 2 comments

Hawkwind, hell-raising and Croydon’s musical heyday, by the man who ran South London’s leading music venue

Howard Bossick, current owner of Bad Apple, former owner of Black Sheep Bar and the man who reprimanded the lead singer of Queen, was top dog at the Greyhound music venue in Park Lane from 1969 until 1977, just over the road from the Fairfield Halls. We talked about the music scene in Croydon, … Read More »



A tale of two developments: Cane Hill and Caterham Barracks

Posted on February 12th, by Matthew Doyle in History. 2 comments

Matthew Doyle contemplates buildings steeped in Victorian history which are set for regeneration

Two developments. Two lives. A shared sense of history links them both as does proximity. One is in Croydon, the other over the boundary in our spiritual home of Surrey. The Victorian era gave them their birth but their future lies in the residential housing market. Unlike the visual migraine of the … Read More »