How Music Works
‘How Music Works’ is an account of a life in music and an explanation of how and why music works from one of the world’s most accomplished performers. David Byrne has been consistently at the forefront of musical and artistic innovation – here he explores why the past matters and what the future might bring.
How Music Works is David Byrne’s bestselling, buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his own work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and his myriad collaborators – along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists – Byrne shows how music emerges from cultural circumstance as much as individual creativity. It is his magnum opus, and an impassioned argument about music’s liberating, life-affirming power.