Synopses & Reviews
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.
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
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
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.