Songs are more than just music. They are the glue that sticks memories, friendships and relationships together. The right song, listened to closely and in good company, can be the most evocative thing.

 

This is what Sonos Song Stories is about: letting people talk about the memories that come to mind when a certain song starts to play – and then listening to those songs again with a group of music lovers.

 

 

At the first Song Stories events in London and New York, people came together to talk about the music of the late great David Bowie. One of the most iconic rock stars of all time, Bowie meant so many different things to so many different people across the world, partly because of the number of musical genres and otherworldly characters he played with across his six-decade career.

Everyone from Blur’s guitarist Graham Coxon to Perfect Pussy’s electric punk rocker Meredith Graves had something inspiring to say.

Bowie was a true leader for us dropouts and misfits,’ The Libertines’ Carl Barât told the audience at Sonos London. After regaling us with stories about his own (hilarious) brief encounters with Bowie, Carl decided to play Life on Mars on the Sonos One – the first tune he learned to play on the piano.

The godfather of drum‘n’bass Goldie grew up in children’s homes in England and every Sunday they were allowed to play a song. ‘I bought this 7 inch record called Space Oddity and just played it over and over and over again,’ he said. ‘A new Bowie would always come long, changing gender and fashion, and that’s what fascinated me. He made it cool to be anyone you wanted to be.’

 

 

Canadian musician Peaches took us back to a time when music was a physical thing you shared in the playground. ‘It was 1980 in suburban Toronto and my friend Hannah had something called a Walkman, which none of our group of friends had seen before,’ she said. ‘She lent it to me for a whole week. It had a tape with Hunky Dory on one side and the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust on the other…My mind was blown.

This idea of an escape from the suburbs was echoed by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, who was transported from suburban Birmingham to another world by Bowie’s music.For American multi-instrumentalist Rostam, who was a ‘child of the 90s’, it was the intricate, technical production of songs like Bowie’s Starman that moved him.

 

 

At Sonos New York, we heard tales from Mötley Crüe’s hirsute bassist Nikki Sixx about his connection to Bowie while rock photographer Mick Rock conveyed what it was like to get to know the legends through the lens of his camera.

Composer and Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh spoke about the journey from growing up in a nowhere city in Ohio to trying sushi for the first time in New York alongside David Bowie – who had seen promise in Mothersbaugh’s music and decided to take him under his wing.

Listen to the Song Stories events above, featuring intimate, funny and revealing anecdotes about the music of David Bowie.