How Music Works

How Music Works

By David Byrne

McSweeney's Books, Paperback, 9781938073533, 374pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2013

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 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.


About the Author
David Byrne is a renowned artist, the force behind the Talking Heads and creator of the highly regarded record label Luaka Bop. He is a photographer, film director, and author.


Praise For How Music Works

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