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How Music Works

How circumstance and creativity collide in tune

By David Byrne
16-minute read
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How Music Works by David Byrne

How Music Works sets out to explain the workings of music from ancient history up to now. Writing from an insider’s perspective, David Byrne delves into different aspects of popular music, based on current research, music history, technical knowledge and his life-long career in the new wave band Talking Heads.

  • Anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of the music business
  • Anyone interested in music’s relationship to its surroundings
  • Anyone who wants to find out why music is so important to humans

David Byrne is a Scottish-born artist, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and cofounder of Talking Heads. He’s received many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and is the author of Bicycle Diaries and The New Sins.

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