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How the Moon Conquered Pop

Stories about the moon have provided inspiration for countless pop songs. The race for the first moon landing and the myths surrounding the Earth’s satellite have inspired some of pop culture’s best songs.

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The moon has always been a great projection screen for hopes and needs - and nowhere is this more evident than in pop music. Songs about the moon from over 60 years of pop history not only show how the music has changed over time but also how the image of the moon itself has changed according to time and place. During the Vietnam War, Creedence Clearwater Revival sang about a "Bad Moon Rising" as a threatening omen, whereas Neil Young’s "Harvest Moon" shone its soft light on the grain fields and reawakened the feelings of a never-forgotten love. The first step on the moon was not only a great one for mankind, but also for the moon itself: It became the epitome of cool. Musicians like Elton John or Steve Miller sang about space travelers heading into the future. But as soon as the euphoria subsided, the moon took on a more threatening guise. Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" became the best-selling record in the history of music - and the moon a metaphor for deep despair and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" leaves us with a sense of our solitude in infinite space. We present an intoxicating array of images that crystalize our longing for the moon through pop classics, animated clips and unusual footage from the archives.