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What the Songs Look Like: Contemporary Artists Interpret Talking Heads' Songs Perfect Paperback – October, 1987

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; 1st edition (October 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060962054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060962050
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Alston on September 17, 2006
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Talking Heads are very much missed - and along with their still-amazing recordings, this late 1980s volume is a must-have for any fan of the group. Approriating the concept behing The Beatles' ILLUSTRATED LYRICS, David Byrne and graphic artist Frank Olinsky (currently best known for his work with the magazine 'Tricycle') invite a broad array of the best contemporary artists (1980s) to interpret various songs by Talking Heads.

The results were assembled with lyrics (published in justified columns, newspaper-style) facing each artwork. Artists involved include Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sue Coe, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Krueger, Russell Mills (famed for his own similar project with Brian Eno, MORE DARK THAN SHARK) and others. The finished product remains one of the more thoughtful rock 'books' to have ever been assembled.

A must for culture geeks, or Talking Heads fans.

-David Alston
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What could be better than mixing contemporary art and talking heads? When I found this book on Amazon I thought it was too good to be true. I ordered it and was not disappointed. This book is awesome! Artists include Jean Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring...and many many others. If you're a fan of both Contemp. art and the talking heads you should probably buy this book now.
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This book is wonderful, beautiful, clever, insightful, entertaining, funny, sad, brilliant. A real treasure for any Talking Heads fan (which I obviously am). I could spend hours with it.
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