Christmas Books 2012: music books of the year

Via The Telegraph

The finest music book of the year, however, has to be How Music Works by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne (Canongate, £22). Handsomely bound, beautifully printed, wittily illustrated, it would make a beautiful collector’s item but there is much more going on between the covers. This is digressive and chatty, part memoir, part theoretical investigation, bursting with a sense of free-flowing curiosity as the author roams from the primitive origins of music to the implications of Madonna’s recording contract. Byrne drives you back to the source and helps you hear things from a fresh perspective. It all springs from a theory that environments shape musical form, not the other way around, with Byrne discussing the differences between the long, slow reverberation you find in cathedrals to the absorption and uneven acoustic reflections of rock clubs like CBGBs.

~Neil McCormick

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