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How Music Works

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ISBN13: 9781938073533
ISBN10: 1938073533
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How Music Works is David Byrne's buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and myriad collaborators — along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists — Byrne shows how music emerges from cultural circumstance as much as individual creativity. It is his magnum opus, and an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.

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“The book [Byrne] was born to write. I could make a good case for calling this How Art Works or even How Everything Works.” Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

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“David Byrne is a brilliantly original, eccentric rock star, and he has written a book to match his protean talents.” John Rockwell, The New York Times Book Review

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“Fascinating....It was wildly ambitious to try and turn this galaxy of theory into a readable work of scholarship, but Byrne has done it, and done it with style.” Mark Ellen, The Guardian

About the Author

David Byrne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a cofounder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Also the author of Bicycle Diaries and The New Sins, Byrne lives in New York City.

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John McCarthy, March 17, 2015 (view all comments by John McCarthy)
"How Music Works" could add the subtitle "And Why Music Matters." David Byrne takes music makers and music listeners/lovers on a wonderful exploration through all of human time and space - discovering and understanding why we love music along the way. With enough of his own history, as involved in so many aspects of making and appreciating music, to make it a real personal journey, Byrne also probes the science, economics, mechanics, electronics and art of music. From pounding on logs around the fire to programing loops, Byrne shares his fascination with a vast scope of music history. Any description of David Byrne's mind must include "quirky" and this joyful book is true to form. There is enough practical knowledge of the music biz to be useful and enough fun to be as much about play as work. You don't have to be a fan of his to enjoy and learn this book, you just have to care about music.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781938073533
Author:
Byrne, David
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.38 x 7.5 x 1.25 in

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Product details 352 pages McSweeney's Books - English 9781938073533 Reviews:
"Review" by , “The book [Byrne] was born to write. I could make a good case for calling this How Art Works or even How Everything Works.”
"Review" by , “David Byrne is a brilliantly original, eccentric rock star, and he has written a book to match his protean talents.”
"Review" by , “Fascinating....It was wildly ambitious to try and turn this galaxy of theory into a readable work of scholarship, but Byrne has done it, and done it with style.”
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