Bowie exhibit curator: "He was a one-man internet machine"

Before people could Google everything of interest under the sun, David Bowie was a leading cultural tastemaker with a global perspective.
A visitor watches an audio-visual display at the David Bowie Is exhibition. (The Canadian Press)

"David Bowie isn't a real person." It's a true statement that's easy to forget, but one that Geoffrey Marsh underscores. 

The curator behind David Bowie is, a remarkable touring exhibition, joins guest host Tom Power to discuss Bowie's early days as Davy Jones, his modest upbringing, and his undeniable cultural influence. Before people could Google their curiosities, Bowie was a leading cultural tastemaker with a global perspective. 

Marsh also selects two key pieces from the artist's 75,000-piece archive of costumes, photographs and memorabilia. 

"He lent us everything we asked for," says Marsh, adding that the only thing Bowie wouldn't do was comment on his legacy. "He remained silent on the matter." 


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