- Audio CD
- Verlag: Penguin Audio; Auflage: Unabridged (17. September 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0143144944
- ISBN-13: 978-0143144946
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.797.547 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Bicycle Diaries (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, 31. Dezember 2025
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"Entertaining . . . newcomers will enjoy these off-the-cuff sketches from an unpretentious cultural polymath; acolytes will cherish a closer look at Byrne's weird, wonderful brain chemistry."
--Time Out New York
"Whether you are a cyclist or not, Byrne's insights into everything from outside art to aboriginal folklore are wry, witty, and more often than not, wise as well."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Reading Bicycle Diaries makes cosmic indifference a lot easier to deal with."
--The Seattle Times -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
David Byrne was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1952. He is primarily known as the musician who co-founded the group Talking Heads (1976-88), and has also been involved in an array of music, theatre, art and film projects - including work with Brian Eno, Thwyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, Jonathan Demme and Bernardo Bertolucci - as well as Stop Making Sense (1984) and the theatre piece about Imelda Marcos, Here Lies Love, presented at the National Theatre. He has received Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He currently lives in New York. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Bicycle Diaries are a enjoyable collection of thoughts, views, and essays formed by The Talking Heads founder and front-man - David Byrne. Using his fold up bicycle David takes the reader on a trek through American Cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, San Francisco, and New York. He shares interesting sights, and tells of adventures he stumbles upon. Art and music are all important subjects that are enlightened, and interpreted the way only David Byrne can do.
Then it's off to foreign cities such as Berlin, Istanbul, Sidney, and London. Political history is often discussed when it comes to exotic soil. History facts are frequently entertaining, for example when Germany invented a weird sexless popular dance that the government attempted to insert into popular culture as a kind of immunization against Elvis's rock-and-roll gyrations. When biking in Australia, Byrne's experiences are recurrently captivating as we learn the land is full of unpleasant reminders of natures indifference to humans. Poisonous snakes and frogs, spiky plants, toxic spiders, quicksand, and endless deserts, reminding us that we are just guests there.
Byrne reminds us that when on a bicycle our human inner workings are manifested in three dimensions, all around us. Our value and hopes are easy to read, and right there in front of us, such as buildings, museums, temples, and shops. This mix bag of pleasure is gratifying and knowledgeable. The liberating - physical and psychological sensation is more persuasive, than any practical argument about riding a bike. Observing and engaging the landscape with David Byrne will make the reader want to go explore the world on two wheels.
This inspired me to explore my city on my bicycle: "I value the perspective I get from a bike, and the freedom, more than I realize." (Byrne, David. Bicycle Diaries (p. 132). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)
"Cities, it occurred to me, are physical manifestations of our deepest beliefs and our often unconscious thoughts, not so much as individuals, but as the social animals we are......you don't need CAT scans and cultural anthropologists to show you what's going on inside the human mind; it's inner workings are manifested in three dimensions[in the city landscape], all around us. Our values and hopes are sometimes awfully embarrassingly easy to read. They're right there - in the storefronts, museums, temples, shops, and office buildings and in how these structures interrelate, or sometimes don't. ...Riding a bike through all this is like navigating the collective neural pathways of some vast global mind......Endless variations on familiar themes repeat and recur: triumphant or melancholic, hopeful or resigned, the permutations keep unfolding and multiplying."
"It's often said that proximity doesn't matter so much now - that we have virtual offices and online communities and social networks, so it doesn't matter where we are physically. But I'm skeptical. I think online communities tend to group like with like, which is fine and perfect for some tasks, but sometimes inspiration comes from accidental meetings and encounters with people outside one's own demographic, and that's less likely if you only comunicate with your "friends." "
"....a lot of people in the United States seemed to believe that cities were soon to be things of the past, that modern life could only be properly lived in a suburban house with a yard, linked to the urban workplace - a clump of high-rise office buildings - by a network of highways. One place for working, another for living. L.A. and other similar cities were the wave of the future, and New York, to survive, would be forced to emulate their example. Or so it was thought........As it turned out, most people are now leaning more toward [Jane] Jacob's realization that the formula of separating living and working inevitably results in little actual life taking place in either area. The suburbs became weird quiet bedroom communities where kids are bored out of their skulls. Their parents only sleep or shop there, so for them it doesn't matter - until junior gets into drugs or massacres his classmates."
Also I enjoyed reading about Buenos Aires, Manila, Berlin, London, San Francisco and New York because I've never been to any of those places but I found the book difficult to read and only finished it because I approached it like a newspaper- something different each section and not necessarily connected with yesterdays news. Byrne is a great conceptual artist and one of my favorite musicians/singers but I think "Bicycle Diaries" should be rewritten either to talk exclusively about biking or retitled to emphasis Byrnes City/Travel experiences. The reader should be moving toward some goal that they look forward to attaining at the end of the book besides simply finishing. I think this book would have been better articulated(?) if it was serialized monthly for a travel magazine.
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