“..Great times and tall deeds for David Byrne this week: First his fantastic collaborative album with St. Vincent (which made a cameo on Literary Jukebox) -
- and now the release of How Music Works (public library) — a fascinating record of his lifetime of curiosity about and active immersion in music.
But rather than an autobiographical work – a prescriptive guide to how to listen – or another neuropsychological account of music -
- what unfolds is a blend of social science – history – anthropology – and media theory -
- exploring how context shapes the experience and even the nature of music.
Or, as Byrne puts it, “how music might be molded before it gets to us, what determines if it gets to us at all, and what factors external to the music itself can make it resonate for us.
Is there a bar near the stage?
Can you put it in your pocket?
Do girls like it?
Is it affordable?”
Among the book’s most fascinating insights is a counterintuitive model for how creativity works..”
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