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Monday, August 20, 2012

David Byrne Explains How Music Works

Posted by on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Former Talking Heads frontman, ace Brian Eno collaborator, and quirky filmmaker David Byrne has written a book titled How Music Works for McSweeney's (out Sept. 12). An excerpt from the press release reveals the gist.

He explains how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and how the advent of recording technology 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 tells us how they have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators. Touching on the joy, physics, and the business of making music, he also shows how it is inextricably linked to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from La Scala to African villages, from his teenage reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio. How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.

Byrne will be performing with St. Vincent Wed. Oct. 17 at City Arts Fest at the Fifth Avenue Theatre.

Please listen to one of the greatest albums ever after the cut.


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