Synopses & Reviews
A round-the-world bicycle tour with one of the most original artists of our day.
Urban bicycling has become more popular than ever as recession — strapped, climate-conscious city dwellers reinvent basic transportation. In this wide-ranging memoir, artist/musician David Byrne — who has relied on a bike to get around New York City since the early 1980s — relates his adventures as he pedals through an engages with some of the world's major cities. From Buenos Aires to Berlin, he meets a range of people both famous and ordinary, shares his thoughts on art, fashion, music, globalization, and the ways that many places are becoming more bike-friendly. Bicycle Diaries is an adventure on two wheels conveyed with humor, curiosity, and humanity.
"[A] determinedly personal collection of travel appreciation." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] diverting meditation on passages from his own and other writers' works. [T]he strongest pieces descry a tangible place through a discerning eye and pungent sensibility." Publishers Weekly
From a renowned musician and visual artist comes Bicycle Diaries — part travelogue, part journal, part photo album — a behind-the-handlebars celebration of seeing the world from the seat of a bike.
About the Author
A cofounder of the musical group Talking Heads, David Byrne has also released several solo albums in addition to collaborating with such noted artists as Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, and Brian Eno. His art includes photography and installation works and has been published in five books. He lives in New York and he recently added some new bike racks of his own design around town, thanks to the Department of Transportation.