Book review: How Music Works, By David Byrne
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 04 October 2013
"Everything started with sound", Byrne reminds us. "In the beginning was the Word."
And this, his own musicology bible, takes us through the founding of Talking Heads to questions of how technology and space change sound (Sinatra learned to adjust his voice for a mic) and logistics of a recording studio.
Byrne's writing is erudite, lucid and his breadth sees him speak as rock star, anthropologist and philosopher. Don't be deceived by the slick pictures and cool design: this is so much more than a coffee table book.
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