Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime : the Stories Behind Every Song

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2004 - Music - 144 pages
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(Book). A superbly illustrated, in-depth examination of the stories, events, places, and characters that inspired the songs of the Talking Heads, arguably the most significant band to emerge from the late-'70s New York punk scene based around CBGB's club. Led by guitarist-vocalist David Byrne, the band enjoyed major chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with infectious, incendiary singles like "Road to Nowhere," "Psycho Killer," and "Once in a Lifetime." During their influential seventeen-year career, Talking Heads assembled a body of raw yet intellectual rock music second to none. Then in 2002, having vowed to never work together again, the four original Heads reconvened and played live when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ian Gittins has written about music and popular culture for fifteen years for such varied publications as Melody Maker , Q , The Guardian , Daily Telegraph , Time Out , MTV , and the New York Times . He lives in London, England.
 

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This is a relatively engaging read that goes through the history of the enigmatic band 'Talking Heads' using the various albums and songs as a timeline to guide the narrative. The author does a good ... Read full review

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Contents

Talking Heads 77
17
More Songs About Buildings And Food
33
Fear of Music
45
Remain in Light
57
Speaking in Tongues
71
Little Creatures
89
True Stories
101
Naked
113
Epilogue
127
Bsides live tracks rarities
131
CHRONOLOGY
136
DISCOGRAPHY
138
Index
140
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