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This Must Be the Place: The Adventures of Talking Heads in the Twentieth Century

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With their minimalist beats, sophisticated lyrics, and stoic mien, the Talking Heads were indisputably one of the most influential and intriguing bands of their time. Rising from the ashes of punk and the smoldering embers of the disco inferno, they effectively straddled the boundaries between critical and commercial success as few other groups did, with music you could deconstruct and dance to at the same time.

Culture critic David Bowman tells the fascinating story of how this brain trust of talented musicians turned pop music on its head. From the band?s inception at the Rhode Island School of Design to their first big gig opening for the Ramones at CBGB, from their prominence in the worlds of art and fashion to the clash of egos and ideals that left them angry, jealous, and ready to call it quits, Bowman closely chronicles the rise and fall of a stunningly original and gloriously dysfunctional rock 'n' roll band that stayed together longer than anyone thought possible, and left a legacy that influences artists to this day.

Review:

"While This Must Be the Place isn't exactly immaculately reported, and while the author does have a tendency to call his players names, the book is, like the great band itself, awfully likable, and does have a ton of personality, which isn't something you can say about most rock bios, or most bands." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Synopsis:

Full of rich drama and colorful characters, "This Must Be the Place "showcases the Talking Heads in their odyssey through a volatile period in American cultural history. 8-page photo insert.

Synopsis:

A fascinating glimpse behind the big suits
and deadpan looks to the heart and soul of a band
that made it big by playing it cool

With their minimalist beats, sophisticated lyrics, and stoic mien, the Talking Heads were indisputably one of the most influential and intriguing bands of their time. Rising from the ashes of punk and the smoldering embers of the disco inferno, they effectively straddled the boundaries between critical and commercial success as few other groups did, with music you could deconstruct and dance to at the same time.

Culture critic David Bowman tells the fascinating story of how this brain trust of talented musicians turned pop music on its head. From the bands inception at the Rhode Island School of Design to their first big gig opening for the Ramones at CBGB, from their prominence in the worlds of art and fashion to the clash of egos and ideals that left them angry, jealous, and ready to call it quits, Bowman closely chronicles the rise and fall of a stunningly original and gloriously dysfunctional rock 'n' roll band that stayed together longer than anyone thought possible, and left a legacy that influences artists to this day.

About the Author

David Bowman is the biographer Talking Heads deserves. The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors says, "There's no writer quite like Bowman...He writes brazenly, without shame--the way a toddler runs in circles through the sprinkler, gleefully naked and free." He was shortlisted as one of Granta's "Best Novelists Under 40" and is the author of the novels Let the Dog Drive and Bunny Modern. As a journalist, Bowman has interviewed musicians as diverse as Lou Reed for the New York Times Magazine and Kris Kristofferson for Salon. Bowman lives in Manhattan. He has a wife. They have a dog.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060507312
Subtitle:
The Adventures of Talking Heads in the Twentieth Century
Author:
Bowman, David
Publisher:
It Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Alternative
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Alternative & Indie
Subject:
Rock musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Talking Heads (Musical group)
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20021126
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.14x6.22x1.15 in. 1.03 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rock
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
Biography » Composers and Musicians

This Must Be the Place: The Adventures of Talking Heads in the Twentieth Century
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Product details 416 pages HarperEntertainment - English 9780060507312 Reviews:
"Review" by , "While This Must Be the Place isn't exactly immaculately reported, and while the author does have a tendency to call his players names, the book is, like the great band itself, awfully likable, and does have a ton of personality, which isn't something you can say about most rock bios, or most bands." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Synopsis" by , Full of rich drama and colorful characters, "This Must Be the Place "showcases the Talking Heads in their odyssey through a volatile period in American cultural history. 8-page photo insert.

"Synopsis" by ,
A fascinating glimpse behind the big suits
and deadpan looks to the heart and soul of a band
that made it big by playing it cool

With their minimalist beats, sophisticated lyrics, and stoic mien, the Talking Heads were indisputably one of the most influential and intriguing bands of their time. Rising from the ashes of punk and the smoldering embers of the disco inferno, they effectively straddled the boundaries between critical and commercial success as few other groups did, with music you could deconstruct and dance to at the same time.

Culture critic David Bowman tells the fascinating story of how this brain trust of talented musicians turned pop music on its head. From the bands inception at the Rhode Island School of Design to their first big gig opening for the Ramones at CBGB, from their prominence in the worlds of art and fashion to the clash of egos and ideals that left them angry, jealous, and ready to call it quits, Bowman closely chronicles the rise and fall of a stunningly original and gloriously dysfunctional rock 'n' roll band that stayed together longer than anyone thought possible, and left a legacy that influences artists to this day.

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