David Byrne

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American Utopia review – David Byrne and Spike Lee burn down the house
This ambitious concert film mixes politics, Talking Heads hits and Lee’s inimitable style to winning effect

Simran Hans

19, Dec, 2020 @3:00 PM

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David Byrne: 'Spike Lee and I have a lot in common'
The former Talking Heads frontman on the importance of performance, covering Janelle Monáe, and his hope for the American experiment

Sean O’Hagan

13, Dec, 2020 @9:30 AM

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David Byrne's lockdown despair: 'I'd wake up and ask – What am I doing today and why?'
The Talking Heads frontman has taken up drawing to get him through the pandemic – and face down his fears. He talks us through his favourites, from Nature Man to Balanced Life

Tim Jonze

14, Oct, 2020 @3:07 PM

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David Byrne's American Utopia review – Spike Lee's thrilling treat for fans
A filmed version of the musician’s hit Broadway show plays like a vibrant greatest hits extravaganza that has the power to convert anyone

Peter Bradshaw

11, Sep, 2020 @7:47 PM

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David Byrne apologizes for donning blackface in 1984 video
Talking Heads frontman sorry for ‘a lack of real understanding’ over video from the Stop Making Sense concert film

Adrian Horton

01, Sep, 2020 @5:39 PM

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Toronto film festival announces line-up with Mark Wahlberg drama premiering
Halle Berry’s directorial debut also on programme but whether physical screenings will take place remains up in the air

Andrew Pulver

30, Jul, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Jon Hassell, music's great globetrotter: 'Be more aware of the rest of the world!'
The 83-year-old is heralded by everyone from Bono to Basquiat for his ‘fourth world’ vision for music – and pop has caught up with him

Alexis Petridis

28, Jul, 2020 @9:30 AM

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Chris Frantz: 'If you knew David Byrne, you would not be jealous of him'
The ex-Talking Heads drummer talks about his revealing new book Remain in Love and a contentious relationship with the band’s frontman

Jim Farber

21, Jul, 2020 @7:15 AM

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Remain in Love by Chris Frantz review – once in a lifetime with Talking Heads
The band’s drummer describes his glory years with the post-punk art-rockers, his bass-playing wife, Tina, and the enigma that is David Byrne

Andrew Martin

19, Jul, 2020 @6:00 AM

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American Utopia review: David Byrne starts making sense
The country is far from perfect, a Broadway audience will not chant the names of black Americans killed by police. The singer presses on

Alexis Soloski

21, Oct, 2019 @1:00 AM

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'So flawed and problematic': why the term 'world music' is dead
Artists, record labels and even this month’s Womad festival agree that the term is outdated. Is there a better way to market music from across the globe?

Ammar Kalia

24, Jul, 2019 @9:00 AM

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David Byrne: ‘My agent says I’m having a Leonard Cohen moment’
Milan’s most chi-chi restaurant is shut on Monday lunchtimes – unless you’re very special. Observer Food Monthly spends an afternoon in Byrne’s world

Tim Lewis

20, Oct, 2018 @5:00 PM

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