Bicycle Diaries

Bicycle Diaries

by David Byrne
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Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne

A round-the-world bicycle tour with one of the most original artists of our day. 

Urban bicycling has become more popular than ever as recession-strapped, climate-conscious city dwellers reinvent basic transportation. In this wide-ranging memoir, artist/musician and co-founder of Talking Heads David Byrne--who has relied on a bike to get around New York City since the early 1980s--relates his adventures as he pedals through and engages with some of the world's major cities. From Buenos Aires to Berlin, he meets a range of people both famous and ordinary, shares his thoughts on art, fashion, music, globalization, and the ways that many places are becoming more bike-friendly. Bicycle Diaries is an adventure on two wheels conveyed with humor, curiosity, and humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670021147
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/17/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A cofounder of the musical group Talking Heads, David Byrne has also released several solo albums in addition to collaborating with such noted artists as Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, and Brian Eno. His art includes photography and installation works and has been published in five books. He lives in New York and he recently added some new bike racks of his own design around town, thanks to the Department of Transportation.

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Bicycle Diaries 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
klynnj More than 1 year ago
This book challenges our preconceptions and delves into the mechantions which create or destroy successful urban communitites. It also reflects on art as accepted and sold by the establishment and questions the foundation of ingrained assumptions and prejudice.
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I was given this book by my girlfriend because of my interests in the Talking Heads and cycling. However, after reading it, I can say that I would have enjoyed this book immensely even if I did not have those interests. Being in the diary format, it does delve quite a lot into Mr. Byrne's personal insights and feelings on many things; urban life, culture, music, and of course cycling. This last topic, despite the title of the book, is surprisingly less present than one would think. Despite this, I found The Bicycle Diaries to be a very intriguing and thought-provoking read.
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I enjoyed this very much. Byrnes unique voice & honesty in his perspective is always refreshing in this world of competing cleverness & cynisism.
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BobN17 More than 1 year ago
This is not a cycling book, despite the name. It's just his observations on the places he's been. Coincidentally, he rides a little folding bike around, but that has nothing to do with what he writes. So don't expect an account of his many bike rides. If that's what you want, you'll be sorely disappointed. I was.
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