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Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

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Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

Friday, April 24, 2015 - David Byrne on music, ecstasy and catharsis by Jules Evans [author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations]

You’ve spoken of how rock can become a mass ecstatic surrender to the band or the charismatic guru (or even Fuhrer!) of the front-man. That’s something some artists have explored and played with – David Bowie, for example, or Kanye West today. What do you think of that sort of exploration of the rockstar-cult? Is it a dangerous game?

I think it is a little dangerous- performers who play these roles often seem to forget that it’s an act- they lose themselves alright, but in an unfortunate way – the character they are playing swallows them. Rather than losing oneself in a communal moment, it is an enlargement of an individual.- and a made up one at that! One becomes the mask.

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Byrne, David

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