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Your Action World: Winners Are Losers with a New Attitude Vinyl Bound – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Vinyl Bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811826236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811826235
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.3 x 14.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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< What is the doll smiling about anyway? Cool, suggestive, strange, Your Action World: Winners are Losers with a New Attitude satirizes those odious "personal power" manuals and every other variety of get-ahead, improve-yourself tract with deadpan accuracy. As was often the case with his lyrics for the Talking Heads, David Byrne's images are ironic on the surface, disconcerting in their lurking emotional undertones.

About the Author

David Byrne began his artistic life as a photographer, experimenting in this field while scoring major successes in music and cinema. He was the leader of the Talking Heads from 1976 until 1988 and continues to create compelling popular music as a solo artist, among other artistic ventures.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MRG on April 22, 2000
Format: Vinyl Bound
Brilliant...like a month's worth of dreams captured in color. It must've been very expensive to print, and it shows. Usually after buying books of this nature, I read through them once and put them down for...well, years, sometimes. But this one has kept my attention for the month since it arrived; I find myself looking to it at least once a day for inspiration.
David Byrne's mind is fascinating. Hopefully, it will be preserved in a space-jar or something for future generations.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Wingard on November 28, 1999
Format: Vinyl Bound
"Your Action World" by David Byrne is the latest in contempory art's attack on Corporate America. It is biting, bold, original, and everything that art should be. . .on the surface. But then I ask myself, Would I buy this book if it wasn't by David Byrne? Would I have even found this book if not for the fact that I know and recognize David Byrne as an artist that I respect and admire? No. Which leads me to make the connection between David Byrne and the corporation. Through successful marketing I have been sold on David Byrne and will now fork over my hard-earned cash for his product. This book attacks the very system that has made it possible for Byrne to publish this book. And it's clear that I'm not buying this book for it's content, but rather, for a bit of Byrne. The cover, at first glance, is virtually indecipherable save the picture of doll David Byrne that we have come to know and love so well over the past couple of years and the big name DAVID BYRNE. But it's not his fault. It's the downfall of all commercially produced and sold art that wants to attack Corporate America. Sure, we all hate capitalism, but how do we attack it without giving into it? We can stand on the street corner and pass out our art, but soon we will be dying in the gutter without so much as a dime to buy one of those lame plastic paintbrushes. But enough ranting. It's a great book. I just tell myself that it's not hypocrisy; it's irony. If that's the case, then I'm quite the fool and I would give it five stars. And I'd rather David Byrne had my money than some other "corporations."
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ghost in the Matrix on May 23, 2000
Format: Vinyl Bound
People who buy this book should realize that what they are buying is a visual essay with sub-titles...not a piece of lengthy literature. That is not to imply that this book isn't any good. It's actually very thought provoking for people who actually think! The book is loaded with photos and illustrations juxtaposed with BRIEF TEXT. The goal of the book is to offer a surreal opinion about the moral and emotional motivations in our society. It's also poking a very accusing finger at the advertising world.
If you're the kind of person who can solve this equation 5 + X =10, then chances are you have the mental abilities to fill in the blanks and produce the message that Byrne is trying to communicate. But if you're the kind of person who needs the message spelled out to you, then chances are you won't enjoy this book. Simply stated, this book is like looking at a piece of art..."some imagination required."
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vaughn Davis on January 25, 2000
Format: Vinyl Bound
Books used to have beginnings, middles and ends. They don't anymore, only most people who make them do not realise this. David Byrne does. Your Action World is the hinted genius of the album liner grown to the point where the album itself is redundant - a natural progression that the death of vinyl and its generously proportioned sleeve only hastened. If you enjoy reading the care labels on children's stuffed toys and understand that yellow and orange make not orange, but McDonalds, obtain this book.
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By JP Dupuy on April 5, 2014
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I liked "Your Action World : Winners Are Losers with a New Attiude" because it is the work of David Byrne !
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