How Music Works
- Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 13 September 2012
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This is a book that is exactly about how music works. Byrne is lucid and comprehensive on his subject, dealing with it from all angles: biographical, commercial, creative and theoretical. He reads like Brian Eno sounds - spare, precise, detailed and interesting. Though I am not a part of the music industry and I don't even play an instrument, I found the book's content rewarding and insightful.
Part cultural anthropology, part history, part biography, How Music Works is a fascinating book about what David Byrne has learned about music. Each chapter covers a slightly different topic, and the book works as a collection of related essays by a single author.Byrne has spent his whole life thinking about one single subject, and this book shares those thoughts with the rest of us. Since the book is a collection of essays, sometimes the same subjects (and indeed the same references) come up several times, making the book occasionally repetitive. Unless you're a working musician, the book provides details about how music is currently made and consumed that you've probably never thought about before. That's a great thing for a book to do.Highly recommended.
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