Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 20, 2014

Julie Schumacher: IMG Dear Professor Fitger



Saint Paul, August 2014 Dear Professor Fitger, I've been asked to say a few words about you for Powells.com. Having dreamed you up with a ball-point... Continue »
  1. $16.07 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Dear Committee Members

    Julie Schumacher 9780385538138

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$22.00
List price: $32.00
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Music- General History
2 Burnside Music- General History

More copies of this ISBN

This title in other editions

How Music Works

by

How Music Works Cover

ISBN13: 9781936365531
ISBN10: 1936365537
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 3 left in stock at $22.00!

 

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 7 comments:

Pamela Stern, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Pamela Stern)
David Byrne makes connections between genres and movement through his life. He pays homage to the diverse world of music he lives within and connects the music to its historical context. Truly interesting.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Kevin Wildermuth, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Kevin Wildermuth)
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.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Nicholas Simons, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Nicholas Simons)
David Byrne is a national treasure. His book is as unique and brilliant as his music.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Bethany Dotson, October 30, 2012 (view all comments by Bethany Dotson)
Disclaimer: I am a classically trained musician that likes country music, acoustic, jazz, and pop. I was born in the late '80s and only have a vague idea of who the Talking Heads were/are; in fact, I didn't know by looking at the name "David Byrne" that the author was a famous experimental musician.

On one hand, I am completely not the intended audience for this book. I have exactly zero familiarity with the Talking Heads, I'm not into the kind of music that he performs, and I don't really like the recording industry culture or have any interest in it.

That being said, David Byrne has an undeniably unique voice. He tells the story of the growth of technology in the music industry and how it has affected his music personally in a captivating, intimate way that shows you (or tells you, however honest it may be) that Bryne really knows firsthand what he's talking about. He talks about Madonna ("Madge") as if she's a close friend (for all I know, she is), and refers to how different famous artists have their contracts negotiated. He discusses the industry from an insider's perspective; in my mind, the title should have been "How the Music Industry Works," rather than simply music. But it's an interesting story, an interesting industry, and I have to say that I had several "Oh, so that's why that's the way it is" moments throughout.

He's got a great voice--more chatting with his reader than writing authoritatively--and speaks with authority on the changes in the industry, musical experimentation, and life as a big star. What this is not? A book on how music --music itself-- works, either physically or emotionally on its audience.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(5 of 5 readers found this comment helpful)
liston100, September 22, 2012 (view all comments by liston100)
excellent, a must read
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(2 of 4 readers found this comment helpful)
 1-5 of 7 next

Product Details

ISBN:
9781936365531
Author:
Byrne, David
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music-Music Business and Songwriting
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Dovekeepers
    Used Trade Paper $5.95
  2. Future Perfect: The Case for... Used Trade Paper $10.95
  3. Mariel's Kitchen: Simple Ingredients... Used Hardcover $7.50
  4. Year Zero
    Used Hardcover $8.95
  5. Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living... Used Hardcover $6.50
  6. The Great Railroad Revolution: The... Used Hardcover $10.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Ethnomusicology
Arts and Entertainment » Music » General History
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Music Business and Songwriting
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Recording Techniques
Featured Titles » Bestsellers
Featured Titles » Culture
Featured Titles » Staff Favorites
Reference » Science Reference » General

How Music Works Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$22.00 In Stock
Product details 352 pages McSweeney's Books - English 9781936365531 Reviews:
"Review" by , "From the former Talking Heads frontman, a supremely intelligent, superbly written dissection of music as an art form and way of life...Byrne touches on all kinds of music from all ages and every part of the world....Highly recommended — anyone at all interested in music will learn a lot from this book."
"Review" by , "In this fascinating meditation, Talking Heads frontman Byrne (Bicycle Diaries) explores how social and practical context, more than individual authorship, shaped music making in history and his own career...his chapters on Heads' recording sessions are some of the most insightful accounts of musical creativity yet penned. The result is a surprising challenge to the romantic cliché of musical genius....Byrne's erudite and entertaining prose reveals him to be a true musical intellectual, with serious and revealing things to say about his art."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.