The lives of iconic musicians such as David Bowie or Elton John were much more mysterious than their counterparts today thanks to the birth of social media taking down a wall that was previously between fans and superstars. These rare photos take a look inside these heroes lives off stage and give you a real glimpse into a different side to the likes of Bowie, John and more.

First off let’s take a look at the place which David Bowie and his wife Angie moved to in 1969 until 1971. The mighty Haddon Hall in Kent from has been attributed by musical historians with the “invention” of Ziggy Stardust.

The young couple rented the ground floor flat for just £7 a week and the Spiders from Mars lived in the flat upstairs. The historic building, which was known for its long corridors, was demolished in the early ‘80s.

Dave and Angie, 1971.
Haddon Hall in it’s glory, 1971.

Elton John currently has six properties sprawled out across the world including houses in Nice, Venice and Atlanta but the one house that has been a constant home in his life since 1974 is his Old Windsor estate.

The 37-acre property situated on the outskirts of Windsor Great Park is Elton and partner David Furnish’s main home, nestled among masses of woodland and gardens. Originally built in the 1500s, the house has been rebuilt three times, most recently in 1947 in a ‘post war mock tudor’ style.

In 1988, after he got himself sober, the icon decided to sell items from his Windsor home in a four-day auction at Sotheby’s in London. The house was described by Elton as “a parody of his younger self” and contained “a lot of kitsch…it was more of an Aladdin’s cave than a home” he said. Items that were sold on included jukeboxes, pinball machines, numerous costumes from the singer’s world tours and a replica of Tutankhamun’s state throne.

Elton at his Windsor home filming the video for ‘The Fox’ in 1981.
Elton John captured in1972 on a motorbike in front of four of his cars. His cars include a Mercedes (2nd left) and a white Rolls Royce (3rd left)
Elton before the four-day auction in 1988.

Images via: Smooth Radio

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