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Aug 20 2020

Louder Than Words


From our 2015-2016 special exhibit Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics hear insights from Inductee David Byrne of Talking Heads discuss how music and politics interact with one another.



David Byrne Thinks Music Has the Power to Unify

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David Byrne Thinks Music Has the Power to Unify

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"I don't know if music has the power to change people's minds as far as about political ideas, about issues, things like that -

"I do think it has the power to unify people who are maybe slightly undecided, maybe slightly feeling a certain way but haven't been able to articulate it.

"Music does a good job of articulating something and how something feels more than kind of an editorial. It's really good at explaining how it feels and people who haven't had those feelings articulated, that they feel a certain way about something, music will do that.

"And then they realize that there are other people that music helps do that, that feel the same way they do.

"So, it creates a kind of group with a kind of like mind. Which isn't really changing anybody's mind, but it's kind of bringing people with like minds together."

2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Talking Heads