Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.
©2012 David Byrne (P)2012 Recorded Books
"Anyone at all interested in music will learn a lot from this book." (Kirkus Reviews)
Byrne writes like a Malcom Gladwell in the music world. To me, that was interesting enough to keep me hooked because I didn't realize David Byrne was so smart and normal. I would recommend this book if you are trying to "figure out" music. Not that he claims to understand music completely. He tries to keep a balanced view and show the realm of possibilities of "how music works." Sometimes he goes on long tangents, talking about his projects after Talking Heads (which was sometimes interesting).
It was a great book to have in the car on the way to and from work.
His section on music writing collaboration. For me, as someone in a band, I really took away some great communication techniques.
The narrator was OK. I felt he seemed to miss Byrne's connotation sometimes. He also doesn't know how to pronounce "timbre." I feel like Byrne definitely didn't listen to this audiobook and OK everything.
Nothing too extreme. There were parts that were very exciting, like when he related to exactly what my band is going through right now.
I would say that if you are still enchanted with The Talking Heads sound, don't read this book. I haven't listened to them since reading it, but I suspect some of the magic may be gone when I do. This is ok for me, because one day I hope to reach levels that David Byrne reached. Or if you are a music fan, and want to see behind the scenes, it will be a fun read. You may want to skip through some parts, but overall it's worth it.
It's very unfortunate that the only other review on here was from some conservative person. Yes, Byrne goes on a few little rants in favor of liberalism, but i wouldn't say that's his main objective.
I did not read the print version
Learning about the no Child Left behind act. I have started researching this further. Only to become really grossed out.
He does a swell job keeping the reader's attention
Yes but it is 13hrs long so I broke it up into a couple of days.
Thank you David Byrne. I have been a violinist for 21 years, and only now do I feel Like I can become a musician/ artist. Thank you for a very interesting look at music. :)
HMW is full of plain spoken advice on the how's and why's of making and selling music.
It's perfect for anybody interested in the art on any level.
AlDavid Byrne touches upon enough of his experiences as lead singer of Talking Heads to keep the material personal and not so academic.
Garmans narration flows easily. At times, I felt as if this was Byrne speaking to the reader.
For the aspiring musicioan therre are many nuggets of inspiring information.
The 99% of course, which I imagine isn't 99% but just a few pot-heads here and there in Manhattan and Paris.
He could have just foregone the expansive liberal thesis about the big bad masters of the universe keeping the heel to the neck of all the genius unknown garage bands of the world.
David could have read it himself. That would have been something. An audiobook as performance art.
He began brilliantly with a discussion/theory about how recorded music and performance are so very different. That's what I expected - not some rehashing about the abusive 1%.
David. Stay away from the politics - all that is so temporal. Do the big picture and the deep thought in the future.
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