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"Honky chateau" where Bowie, Elton, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac recorded put up for sale

"Honky chateau" where Bowie, Elton, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac recorded put up for sale

Château d'Hérouville, the French country house with studio where David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and more recorded, is up for sale.

The house located 18 miles north of Paris in the Val d'Oise département, is on sale for €1.29m (£1.12m), according to a report in The Guardian.

The château was bought in 1962 by composer Michel Magne, who converted it into a residential recording studio seven years later. Elton John was among the first artists to use the premises, recording his 1972 album Honky Château there. David Bowie recorded Pin-Ups at Château d'Hérouville in 1973 and returned with Tony Visconti and Brian Eno to record Low there in 1976. Other artists who recorded there included T-Rex (The Slider), Pink Floyd (Obscured By Clouds), Iggy Pop (The Idiot) and Fleetwood Mac (Mirage). The Grateful Dead played an impromptu gig there on June 21, 1971.

The château is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Frédéric Chopin. While recording Low there, Bowie felt a supernatural presence. Tony Visconti later claimed, "There was certainly some strange energy in that château. On the first day, David took one look at the master bedroom and said, 'I'm not sleeping in there!' He took the room next door. The master bedroom had a very dark corner, right next to the window, ironically, that seem to just suck light into it. It was colder in that corner too."

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