Studio where David Bowie recorded 'Blackstar' shuts down despite Dave Grohl trying to buy it

New York's Magic Shop Recording Studio featured in the 'Sonic Highways' TV series


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The studio where David Bowie recorded his final album 'Blackstar' has shut down after 28 years, with the owner citing gentrification as a major factor in its closure.

The Magic Shop Recording Studio in Soho, New York was opened by Steve Rosenthal in 1988. As well as hosting Bowie for his last two albums ('Blackstar' and 2013's 'The Next Day'), artists who have recorded in the studio over the years include The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth and more.

The announcement of its closure was first made in February and the studio's last day operating was Wednesday (March 16). Writing on the Magic Shop Facebook page, Rosenthal said: "One last thing, I get that New York City is always changing and adapting like the living city it is. Maybe what I believe in is no longer of value, but it was for us and we lived it."

He continued: "As the city becomes more of a corporate and condo island, some of us wish for a better balance between money and art, between progress and preservation, and we hope that one day we will see a reversal of the destruction of conscience and community we are witnessing."

CLOSING TIMEAfter an amazing 28 year run, I will have to close The Magic Shop Recording Studio. March 16, 2016 will be...

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"There’s been such an incredible outpouring of love and respect,” Rosenthal told The Observer following his initial announcement. "People have been asking ‘How can we save it?’ but the barn door is shut... Obviously, I’m incredibly upset, but at least it was here."

Rosenthal also revealed that Dave Grohl tried to buy the studio after it featured in his Sonic Highways TV series, but the deal fell through.

"I’m not allowed to talk about it anymore for legal reasons,” Rosenthal added, "but that was the way to save the studio, and when that failed, we all did our best to keep it going the way it’s constituted now, and it just doesn’t work. And I don’t want to sell stuff month by month to keep it going. I did that for a few months and it just seems wrong. It feels like I’m just avoiding the inevitable."

The Cribs recorded their most recent album 'For All My Sisters' at the studio, with frontman Ryan Jarman paying tribute, saying: "It’s a particularly bitter pill to swallow. I was really hoping to be going back in there before it closed. My plan was to get back in there again, but it wasn’t to be."

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