Power Station, one of New York’s most iconic recording studios, closes down

Avatar, the icon New York record studio know more commonly as Power Station throughout the music industry, has been sold to Berklee College of Music.

The building, originally a working power plant, became the working home of producer Tony Bongiovi and Bob Walters in 1977 and played host to the recording of some of the most iconic albums: Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, and Bob Dylan’s Infidels – just to name a few.  The Clash, Elton John, Madonna, George Micheal and, more recently, Lady Gaga have all worked there.

The draw of Multitrack recording was a key for artists at the time and, in 1996, it was renamed Avatar.

However, the 33,000-square-foot Manhattan property is thought to be worth around $28 million and has been sold to Berklee College of Music, Variety reports.

It is not yet known what the Boston-based Berklee plans to do with the space but the new owners held a closing party for the venue on August 28th.

 

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