How Music Works

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Canongate Books, Sep 13, 2012 - Music - 348 pages
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How Music Works is David Byrne's buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Equal parts historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, Byrne draws on his own work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and his myriad collaborators - along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists - to show that music-making is not just the act of a solitary composer in a studio, but rather a logical, populist, and beautiful result of cultural circumstance. A brainy, irresistible adventure, How Music Works is an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.

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User Review  - Ben Richmond - Goodreads

I blazed through this book. Sometimes it feels like just a sort of tour of things that David Byrne finds interesting, a compendium of factoids and occasional anecdotes--but David Byrne, to me, is into ... Read full review

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User Review  - Josh - Goodreads

A great 101 survey course on everything music. I love Byrne's writing voice—he's folksy (he'll say "a bunch of" and other things) but wise, with each chapter you could imagine him filling a book just ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Known as the force behind Talking Heads and later as the creator of the highly-regarded record label Luaka Bop, Scottish-born David Byrne also works as a photographer, film director, author and solo artist; he has published and exhibited visual art for more than a decade. He has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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