How Music Works by David Byrne – review

By Guy Somerset In Books, Music

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20th December, 2012
I’m going to take a punt on this and venture that only one of the deluge of books in 2012 by or about rock musicians features references to 20th-century German cultural theorist Theodor Adorno – and no, it isn’t Rod Stewart’s The Autobiography. Nor is it even Pete Townshend’s Who I Am. If anyone was going to think outside the square of the music autobiography, it is former Talking Head David Byrne, and sure enough, How Music Works is a wonderfully wandering collection of essays: part general meditation, part how-to music business guide and, yes, part memoir, ...

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