How Music Works

How Music Works

By (author) David Byrne

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"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 collaboratorsalong with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music existsByrne 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."

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  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 164 x 212 x 32mm | 816.46g
  • 09 Oct 2013
  • McSweeney's Publishing
  • San Francisco
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised, Updated ed.
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 1938073533
  • 9781938073533
  • 31,837

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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.

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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" "No matter how dedicated or casual a music fan you are, David Byrne's insights into the inner world of music and creativity are likely to make you listen to music in a different way." "The Current""

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