This Must Be The Place: The Adventures of Talking Heads In the 20 Century by David Bowman (4 out of 5)

This book is out of print, sadly. I had to procure a copy of it from the online enemy that I will not name. It’s completely worth it. I would recommend trying your nearest Half-Price Books or an indie bookshop that sells used books before you go to that online evil entity. I exhausted all options before getting ahold of this book. This message brought to you, free of charge, by the blogger who cannot stand that A word. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Wow. A gut-twisting biography of one of music’s most unique acts. You always knew David Byrne was a little strange- THIS just proves it. It also proves that the backdrop of some of the band’s best music was fraught with anxiety, acrimony, and swift dissension, but that it fed the nucleus of talent that was The Talking Heads. The author does a fantastic job trying to be objective in the war of words between Weymouth and Byrne (and it’s mostly Weymouth. Be warned, reader). Frantz is squarely in his wife’s corner, and Harrison does his best to remain a character of neutrality (a job largely rendered impossible due to the forces of evil in this bozo nightmare). The music and the force of the characters involved in the beginning, middle, and end of the Talking Heads get their due, and what you didn’t know before… you certainly will after reading this all-encompassing biography. No shortage of information or inspiration, especially the auspices of the much admired and yet maligned (Weymouth again) Brian Eno. The background information on all of the Heads is pretty extensive and some of it eye opening (David Byrne’s avante-garde performance arts days, Weymouth and Frantz’s being army brats, Harrison’s love of producing from the get-go). No stone is left unturned here, and that’s the type of music biography that should be out there these days. Instead, many of them are just a lot of polish. What happened to the good old spit n’ shine? This book belongs in that category. Bowman does a fantastic job of interviewing all parties in the story, and presenting an unsullied story for those who are true fans of this band. I am glad that I got ahold of this out-of-print copy and read it. The only thing that drove me nuts was the constant posturing throughout that much of the animosity on Tina Weymouth’s part toward David Byrne was because of her unrequited love for him. True or false, overall, it really didn’t have to be done to death in this book, and seriously, it is. That’s the only reason I didn’t give it a full five star review. Otherwise, it’s a thorough, well researched, and obviously Bowman is a huge fan, but it doesn’t taint the good, the bad, and the ugly story that was The Talking Heads. Thankfully, we now have a biography out there to match the vast catalog of music they left when they finally broke up. Everyone who’s a fan should get ahold of a copy and read this book.

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~ by generationgbooks on April 3, 2016.

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