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Just as his new novel How Music Works has surfaced, David Byrne has announced that he will be doing a book tour at a few special locations throughout September and October. Byrne won’t be doing typical readings or book signings at his various stops along the road. Instead, he will will be hosting discussions about content featured in his book with various special guests, including Trent Reznor, Win Butler, Carrie Brownstein and many more. Check out the dates and discussion topics after the jump.
After the discussions, Byrne and his guests will open up the dialogue and allow audience members to ask questions relating to the topic at hand. Byrne has been explicit about the fact that these are discussions and not concerts, so those planning to attend should be ready for discussions that delve into the deconstruction of big musical issues in our modern world. Byrne has equated this discussions to something similar to TED talks.
Book Tour Dates:
Sept. 14 – Minneapolis – Steve Seel, founder of Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current – Delivering Music—How Technology Shapes What We Hear
Sept. 17 – Chicago – Bettina Richards, founder of indie label Thrill Jockey & Greg Kot Chicago Tribune music critic – Stay Free!—How To Survive In The Indie World
Sept. 19 – Toronto – Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist, author, co-editor of Boing Boing – Wassup Internet?!—Music in the Digital Landscape
Sept. 22 – Montreal – Win Butler, musician (Arcade Fire) – I Am Standing On A Stage– Why Do We Do It?
Sept. 24 – Boston – Steven Pinker, cognitive scientist, author – Are We Born Musical?
Sept. 28 – Philadelphia – Greg Milner, music, film, and technology writer – Delivering Music—How Technology Shapes What We Hear
Oct. 1 – DC – David Lowery, musician (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker), producer – Music and Copyright in the Digital Era
Oct. 14 – Los Angeles – Trent Reznor, musician (Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels) and Oscar-winning film composer & Josh Kun, author and professor – Going It Alone: Music, Marketing and the Web
Oct. 16 – San Francisco – Bernie Krause, author, electronic musician, and soundscape pioneer – What You Hear is What You Are
Oct. 19 – Portland – Carrie Brownstein, musician (Sleater-Kinney), writer, and actress – Acting Out—Why Perform?