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    Description"How Music Works" is David Byrne's remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music. Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns--and shows how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and all the big studios in between). Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the business of making music, "How Music Works" is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.

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    How Music Works
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Byrne
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 345
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 907 g
    ISBN 13: 9781936365531
    ISBN 10: 1936365537

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC subject category V2: AVC
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    B&T General Subject: 540
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    DC22: 780.9, 781.17
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15990
    BISAC V2.8: MUS032000, MUS015000, MUS004000, MUS001000
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    LC classification: ML3916 .B97 2012
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    McSweeney's Publishing
    Imprint name
    McSweeney's Publishing
    Publication date
    09 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    San Francisco
    Author Information
    David Byrne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and cofounder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The author of "Bicycle Diaries" and "The New Sins," Byrne lives in New York City.
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    "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."--"Kirkus" (Starred Review) "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 cliche 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."--"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review) "David Byrne is a brilliantly original, eccentric rock star, and he has written a book to match his protean talents ... What's best about [it] is that Byrne concentrates on his own experience, from a teenage geek splicing layers of guitar feedback on his father's tape recorder (he had a mild self-diagnosed case of Asper-ger's syndrome, he writes) to arty if neo-primitive rock star with the early Talking Heads at CBGB to increasingly sophisticated, globe-wandering art-rocker, happily collaborating with all manner of world musicians and pop-technological innovators."--John Rockwell, "The New York Times Book Review" "Endlessly fascinating, insightful, and intelligent."--June Sawyers, "Booklist" (Starred Review) "[How Music Works is] 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, "Boing Boing" "Byrne explores a whole symphony of argument in this extraordinary book with the precise, technical enthusiasm you'd expect from the pa