Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne

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A renowned musician and visual artist presents an idiosyncratic behind-the-handlebars view of the world’s cities

Since the early 1980s, David Byrne has been riding a bike as his principal means of transportation in New York City. Two decades ago, he discovered folding bikes and started taking them on tour. Byrne’s choice was made out of convenience rather than political motivation, but the more cities he saw from his bicycle, the more he became hooked on this mode of transport and the sense of liberation it provided. Convinced that urban biking opens one’s eyes to the inner workings and rhythms of a city’s geography and population, Byrne began keeping a journal of his observations and insights.

An account of what he sees and whom he meets as he pedals through metropoles from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Istanbul to San Francisco, Manila to New York, Bicycle Diaries also records Byrne’s thoughts on world music, urban planning, fashion, architecture, cultural dislocation, and much more, all conveyed with a highly personal mixture of humor, curiosity, and humility. Part travelogue, part journal, part photo album, Bicycle Diaries is an eye-opening celebration of seeing the world from the seat of a bike.

About David Byrne

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DAVID BYRNE is cofounder of the music group Talking Heads as well as a visual artist. He has released several solo albums in addition to collaborations with Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, and Brian Eno. He lives and bikes in New York City.
Published September 28, 2010 by Penguin Books. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Renowned pop artist shares snippets from his travels and thoughts.

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The New York Times

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David Byrne tours the world and holds forth on music, art, beauty and the meaning of life, from bicycle level.

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The Guardian

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As anyone familiar with David Byrne's oeuvre might expect, it is not really a book about cycling per se, more a book in which cycling is, if you'll pardon the pun, the cog for Byrne's thoughts about architecture, music, art, travel, politics, religion, kitsch, decay and – a recurring theme – our ...

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The Seattle Times

Despite Byrne being primarily known for his famous pop band, "Bicycle Diaries" (Viking, 297 pp., $25.95) is not about music, and even though it's a first-person account of touring the world via foldable bike (mainly), it's not really about cycling, either.

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