Sad news for the music industry: ‘The Magic Shop’, one of the most iconic recording studios in New York City, will close down. Over the years the studio produced recording and mixing for artists like Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth and Ramones. But it was Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters and the late David Bowie that gave the studio it’s last significant recordings, and oh boy, what great recordings.
In the studio, Bowie recorded his last album, ‘Blackstar’, just before his death. His precious album, ‘The Next Day’ was also recorded in the The Magic Shop.
Grohl and the Foo Fighters recored the song ‘I Am A River’ for their album and HBO series, ‘Sonic Highways’.
On the studio’s Facebook page, owner Steve Rosenthal wrote: “My eternal thanks goes to Dave Grohl, The Foo Fighters and Lee Johnson for stepping up big time last year to try and save the studio from this fate. I would also like to thank the late, great David Bowie for recording Blackstar and the Next Day at the studio. It was an honour to have him and Tony Visconti working here for the last few years.
“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. 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.
“Or maybe not. After all I'm just a guy from The Bronx. Although the Magic Shop will be gone. I won't! I intend to continue my Restoration and Archiving Work.”