While Byrne's observations on how music genres are linked to their performance and composition environments are very perceptive, there is much in the book which is a bit chatty, autobiographical and probably mainly of interest to David Byrne's fans. The real meat of the book is at the beginning and in the last few chapters. Nonetheless, good food for thought and in the end a concise, insightful view of the business of music, particularly relevant in the current phase of transformation where music production, sales and distribution have become nothing short of revolutionized
Great read for people interested in the history, present and future of music. Not only for Byrne/Talking Heads-heads but a little background knowledge sure helps, as he frequently refers to his career and experiences. This subjective perspective though is what distinguishes this book from similar attempts at describing and evaluating the wide field of making and experiencing music. Few revelations but thoroughly entertaining and interesting.