Bowie's deep ties to science and fantasy


How did fantasy and science come to play a huge role in David Bowie’s career? The Brooklyn Museum exhibit “David Bowie is” follows the multi-faced Bowie through every phase of his unorthodox and unique career in music, movies and pop culture. Matthew Yokobosky, senior curator of fashion and material culture at the Brooklyn Museum, joined Salon’s Amanda Marcotte to discuss the traveling multimedia exhibit’s last stop in New York. Yokobosky dives into Bowie’s literary and cultural influences surrounding space and science on “Salon Talks,” including how the first photo taken of earth from outer space impacted Bowie creatively. “David wrote the lyrics for Space Oddity, which was: ‘Planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do.’ It's based on that photograph,” Yokobosky said.

“David Bowie is” will be featured at The Brooklyn Museum until July 15. Watch the video above to learn about Bowie’s fear of flying and how it affected his songwriting. Plus, catch the full interview to hear more on the exhibit’s immersive multimedia experience. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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