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How Music Works by David Byrne
How Music Works

Kevin Wildermuth, January 30, 2013

David Byrne has once again proven that he is one of the best thinkers operating in the arts today. In The Bicycle Diaries he provides great insights into urban planning and other cultures. Here he explains nearly everything there is to know about music in a clear and non-romanticized way. You get financial figures for recent music projects that he's done, you get some history and analysis of the old CBGB scene in New York from whence Talking Heads sprang, you get discussion of recording techniques and how they affect the art of music, and much more. This book avoids the hype and the provocative storytelling of many recent memoirs while offering rarely revealed facts about how the music business works and why we like music itself so much. But he doesn't fail to give us some personal anecdotes along the way. As a music fan I was nodding my head throughout the book, and if I were a musician I'd have appreciated it even more. If you're looking for entertainment, read some ego maniac's memoir, but if you want food for thought about a topic that never seems to get that treatment check out How Music Works.
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Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton
Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry

Kevin Wildermuth, January 2, 2011

This book is a revelation. A cleverly constructed deadpan masterpiece presented as a series of banal photographs of mostly banal artifacts, whose "catalog" descriptions reveal the story. The reader is left to fill in the details which lie between the lines. A picture book for adults, just brilliant!
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