How Music Works

How Music Works

Paperback McSweeney's Books

By (author) David Byrne

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  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 374 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 212mm x 32mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 1938073533
  • ISBN 13: 9781938073533
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised, Updated ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 18,680

Product description

"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.

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Author information

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.

Review quote

"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"