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A co-presentation of Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and POP Montreal’s Symposium
The Ukrainian Federation, 5213 Hutchison, Tickets $15, on-sale date TBA in our newsletter

Please note: We will not be able to hold tickets for you, but we are selling tickets over the phone via credit card (514 279 2224). Limit: 4 per person in store, 2 per person by phone. UPDATE: The event is now SOLD OUT!

Join Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and POP Montreal’s Symposium for a conversation with two of today’s most influential artists – David Byrne and Win Butler of Arcade Fire. The two will be discussing Byrne’s new McSweeney’s book, How Music Works, in the context of their own personal and professional experiences as musicians and music lovers. This legendary occasion is a truly unique opportunity to hear from two highly respected voices of the independent music and art world.

About How Music Works:
How Music Works is David Byrne’s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.

Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns—and shows how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and all the big studios in between).

Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the business of making music, How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music’s liberating, life-affirming power.

About David Byrne:
David Byrne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and cofounder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and aGolden Globe. The author of Bicycle Diaries and The New Sins, Byrne lives in New York City.

About Win Butler:
Win Butler is the lead vocalist and songwriter of the internationally and critically acclaimed band Arcade Fire. Raised in Texas, he moved to Montreal in 2000 where he met his wife, Regine Chassagne, with whom he formed Arcade Fire. Arcade Fire has won numerous awards, including the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year.

POP Montreal's Symposium (September 19-23, 2012) offers intimate access to a diverse range of the figures, ideas and forces at the heart of today's music world, focusing on the relationships between art, culture and creativity.

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