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How Music Works (2012)

by David Byrne (Author)

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  Bruno_Estigarribia | Mar 31, 2014 |
This really was a joy to read. Touching on all aspects (and genres) of music, from how technology shapes our perceptions of what music should be, to what to expect from a recording contract, this book really does cover it all.

David Byrne (frontman from Talking Heads), is engaging, funny, insightful, immensely knowledgeable and more importantly, enthusiastic about a subject he has dedicated his life too.

The one thing that stopped this book rating higher for me is that it sometimes reads slightly more like an autobiography than a celebration of music. Byrne obviously uses his own experience in the music business but, just occasionally, he seems to lose the subject.

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  ElaineRuss | Sep 23, 2013 |
A fun, informative, helpful and inspiring read. I would encourage every muso to read this one. Byrne does depend heavily on Milne's work, but his personal anecdotes and observations are worthwhile stuff. ( )
  chriszodrow | Jun 20, 2013 |
I hear this is super good.
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
A good read. I must admit, I found the chapters on Business and Finance and "How to Make a Scene" (detailing the experiences at CBGBs) more interesting than some of the latter chapters. ( )
  hiden33 | Apr 2, 2013 |
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The Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads presents a celebration of music that offers insight into the roles of time, place and recording technology, discussing how evolutionary patterns of adaptations and responses to cultural and physical contexts have influenced music expression throughout history and culminated in the 20th century's transformative practices.… (more)

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