How Music Works (Paperback)

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The evolution of not only recorded (and live) music, but the meaning of "sound" itself, and how we experience it. It's an engaging and readable David Byrne — talking music and New York — what's not to love?

— Doug

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*Updated with a new chapter on digital curation*

How Music Works
is David Byrne’s incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and many others, Byrne taps deeply into his lifetime of knowledge to explore the panoptic elements of music, how it shapes the human experience, and reveals the impetus behind how we create, consume, distribute, and enjoy the songs, symphonies, and rhythms that provide the backbeat of life. Byrne’s magnum opus uncovers ever-new and thrilling realizations about the redemptive liberation that music brings us all.



About the Author


DAVID BYRNE is an author, a musician, and a filmmaker known for his creative collaborations and work with the Talking Heads. He resides in New York.

Praise For…


Praise for How Music Works

“Brilliantly original”—The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating” —Booklist

“Extraordinary” —The Guardian

“Dazzling”—The Onion A.V. Club

“Essential”—The San Francisco Chronicle

“Absorbing”—The Independent
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804188937
ISBN-10: 0804188939
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English