How Music Works/Research Update

How Music Works is a nonfiction book by David Byrne, lead singer of the band Talking Heads.


This book discusses many aspects of music from cultural, sociological, physical, financial and more. I borrowed this book from a library in the past and skipped around from chapter to chapter reading bits and pieces. Every chapter in this book is unique and wonderfully articulated, with great insight into facets of music that I have never considered before. The portion of this book that I will be using for my final project is the chapter titled “Business and Finances: Distribution & Survival Options for Musical Artists” This chapter illuminates what goes on behind the scenes of the music industry, and what musicians are really signing up for when they agree to a record deal.

This chapter, while rather short, will most likely represent a large percentage of my cited information in my final essay due to the fact that it is written in a concise, to-the-point prose and provides many different examples of the information presented. This chapter also provides seven or eight insightful quotes and charts from different sources that represent quantifiable data I will be able to use in support of my essay’s major assertion.

I have not included any of this information in this post so as not to dry out the material before I post my project. However, I will say that the information presented in this book, in the business chapter itself, and in my essay will be fresh, new, and exciting for anyone who loves music. I hope that I will be able to write my essay in a way which shares my enthusiasm for music with you, my readers, and I hope you are as excited about reading this final project as I am about writing it!

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One Response to “How Music Works/Research Update”

  1. egilmezd July 25, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    I’ve come across this book before and I am a huge fan of David Byrne’s so, I for one will be looking forward to your final very much. I’ve also seen a TEDTalk he has done about how the acoustics of a certain atmosphere affect the music that comes out of it, I don’t know if that fits the chapter you have picked out for your project but it seems in tune with his book.

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