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David Byrne: Leicester De Montfort Hall, 7th July

Live Review by Andy Farquarson, Rock's Backpages, July 2002

AN INCONGRUOUSLY large stage dominates the tiny park which is the setting for a one-day festival at Leicester's De Montfort Hall. As two risers are ...

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David Byrne (2004)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 2004

David Byrne talks frankly about his home life, family background, NYC, the massive variety of his artistic enterprises, and his tricky relationship with former Talking Heads band-mates.

File format: mp3; total file size: 36.9mb, total interview length: 40' 17" sound quality: ****

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David Byrne: The Head Boy Talks

Profile and Interview by Roy Trakin, Time Out, November 1980

CENTRAL PARK, end of summer, 1980. The Talking Heads are playing to a crowd of over 5000 people who are literally overflowing a converted ice-skating ...

David Byrne: The Catherine Wheel; Jerry Harrison: The Red And The Black; Tom Tom Club: Tom Tom Club

Review by Van Gosse, Musician, February 1982

Talking Heads Alone ...

David Byrne: First Degree Byrne

Interview by Max Bell, Face, The, June 1983

FOR SOMEONE WITH such an aversion to limelight, fame and wild applause, David Byrne certainly puts himself about a bit. Ever since he formed Talking ...

The True Story of David Byrne

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Mail On Sunday, 1986

THERE'S SOMETHING faintly forbidding about David Byrne. Oh, he's friendly enough, sitting over the table of a discreet suite at Blake's Hotel in Kensington for ...

David Byrne: A Talking Head's Guide To The Big Country

Interview by Mat Snow, NME, September 1986

COMING SOON to a cinema near you is one of this year's funniest yet most thought-provoking films. It is called True Stories, and is a ...

Talking Heads' Byrne Chats Up His Movie

Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, October 1986

THE LAST TIME we saw David Byrne on the big screen, he was herky-jerking his way through a Talking Heads concert, doing his chaotic, turkey-necked, ...

David Byrne: "It Didn't Feel Like Acting"

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Q, December 1986

True Stories: first the book, then the Talking Heads LP, now the film. David Byrne writes, directs, acts and supports the cause ordinary people everywhere. ...

David Byrne

Interview by Martin Aston, Auckland Star, 1989

NOT FOR nothing has New York been labelled "the first Third World city in a First World country." ...

David Byrne: Rei Momo (Sire-WEA)

Review by Len Brown, NME, October 1989

PURISTS AND cultural segregationists must be reaching for the suicide pills. There's Acid Bhangra, African House, Japanese ska, Brazillian Hip-hop, Yemenite disco, Turkish rap, Kate ...

David Byrne: Rei Momo

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1989

DESPITE DAVID Byrne's beaver-like activities over the last few years, his persona and his work have gradually been losing much of their old allure. Perhaps ...

David Byrne: A Composer of Pleasure

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Times, The, December 1989

What do you think you are best at? David Byrne, neat in a blue button-down collar shirt and college athlete’s haircut, looks nervously into the ...

David Byrne: Music, Maestro!

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, February 1990

Although embarrassed at being hailed a "cultural ambassador", David Byrne has temporarily put Talking Heads on hold to step out with his 14-piece Latin big ...

David Byrne: From Ur to L.A. and back again

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, June 1991

In performance, and as the 'compere' in his film True Stories, David Byrne comes across as the epitome of Wasp uptightness, nervy and ill at ...

David Byrne: Blind Fury

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, March 1992

If you should bump into David Byrne on his forthcoming world tour, for God's sake don't mention the word "renaissance". Talking Heads are no more, ...

Severed Heads: Talking Heads and David Byrne

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1992

"LOOKING AT old videos of Talking Heads," says David Byrne, "it's like three normal kids backing up this maniac — three people who have their ...

David Byrne: Uh-Oh

Review by Andy Gill, Q, April 1992

PACKED WITH ALL MANNER of musical invention, oddball observations and joyous pop nonsense, Uh-Oh is by some way David Byrne's most commercial – and enjoyable ...

David Byrne

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1992

For years the frontman of Talking Heads, David Byrne has emerged as a solo artist now – but his newest album shares the same off-beat ...

David Byrne: Feelings

Review and Interview by Richard Cook, MOJO, June 1997

Head boy's follow-up to 1994's David Byrne finds him working with a variety of producers, including DJ Hahn Rowe, The Black Cat Orchestra and Morcheeba. ...

The King of Afropea: David Byrne

Interview by Andy Farquarson, Independent, The, June 2000

"Isn't this where the Profumo thing started?" someone asks. We're soaking up the seedy mock-opulence of The Eve Club on Regent Street and, for the ...

David Byrne Backwards

Profile and Interview by Peter Ross, Sunday Herald (Scotland), March 2004

NOT far from David Byrne's London hotel, a fashion store is selling T-shirts bearing the logos of the Ramones and of CBGBs, the legendary New ...

David Byrne

Interview by Steven R Rosen, Harp, April 2004

David Byrne – whose funk-rock-art band Talking Heads brought New Wave into the mainstream a generation ago, and who has pursued his interests in rhythm-based ...

David Byrne Looks Forward...and Back

Interview by Carol Cooper, The L Magazine, Fall 2004

Q: AS A SOLO ARTIST you have worked with horn sections and now with string sections to color and embellish your songs. Aside ...

David Byrne: Imelda – The Nightclub Years

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Guardian, The, January 2007

DAVID BYRNE KEEPS a small black diary on his bookcase, with 'DB – Idears' written on the spine in gold ink. Without rifling through its ...

The Importance Of Being David Byrne

Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, November 2007

I WAS IN ZURICH recently and found myself at the rather legendary Cabaret Voltaire. It was in that very same place, all the way back ...

David Byrne: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, March 2009

LIKE SOME KIND OF vaguely sinister religious cult, David Byrne and his band kicked off their latest British tour dressed in pristine white from head ...

The Business is an Exciting Mess: Brian Eno and David Byrne

Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, March 2009

DAVID BYRNE IS sitting outside the ladies parlour, upstairs at the Tampa theatre, one of the most spectacular 1920s movie palaces in the US, in ...

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