David Byrne: Scottish-born American musician, cycling champion and founding/principal member of
arguably DEFINITELY the best band of all time; Talking Heads
Now, if you have never shredded out a few air bass riffs along to Psycho Killer then I urge you to stop reading this and get your groove on for a few bars:
Bicycle Diaries is less a book about cycling and more a book in which cycling is.
Over the last thirty years as well as using a bicycle as his principal mode of transport in New York City, Byrne has taken a folding bike along on music tours and cycled all over the world. He has gained an impressive insight into urban life – all from the saddle.
Just as he explores the likes of Berlin, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Manila and Sydney using a bicycle, he uses this delightfully straightforward book to explore what seem to be topics of great interest to him; the arts, architecture, decay, music, politics, and quality of life.
With a title that ironically echoes Che Guevara’s ‘Motorcycle Diaries’, this part manifesto/part diary is really one to read but beware, you’ll be browsing eBay for a folder before you’re finished.
Good Stuff: Byrne doesn’t harp on about Talking Heads – Time, Place.
Not so good Stuff: Mildly self-indulgent, still undeniably likeable.
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