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Chris Frantz met David Byrne at the Rhode Island School of Art & Design in the early 1970s. Together - and soon with Frantz's future wife, Tina Weymouth - they formed Talking Heads and took up residence in the grimy environs of Manhattan's Lower East Side, where their neighbours were Patti Smith, William Burroughs and a host of proto-punk artists who now have legendary status. 

Building an early audience and reputation with many performances at CBGB alongside the Ramones, Television and Blondie, Talking Heads found themselves feted by Warhol and Lou Reed and signed to Sire Records. A band whose sensibility was both a part of and apart from punk, their early albums quickly became classics until the Brian Eno-produced masterpiece Remain in Light saw them explode. Soon, however, relations within the band started to become strained as David Byrne started to take control of a band that had always operated democratically. Chris and Tina started recording as Tom Tom Club in the early '80s, in the process creating a hybrid of funk, disco, pop, electro and world music that would have a huge impact on the club scene around the world. 

Warm and candid, funny and heartfelt, Remain in Light charts the rise and fall of a band who combined the sensibility of artists with extraordinary songwriting vision. It is another classic New York memoir in the mould of Patti Smith's Just Kids and a book which shares secrets and stories Talking Heads fans have been curious about for decades.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Chris Frantz (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Enjoyable for Talking Heads fans

Chris Franz’s book and his reading of it made for an enjoyable listen for me as o big fan of Talking Heads. Not quite as acidic about Heads front man David Byrne, as I was expecting but Frank tells us his side and we are left to draw our own conclusions about Byrne. At times a bit too much about the early days gigs, song lists and repetitive in Frank’s laconic drawl, and a bit light on insight into the songs or motives of people. Some fascinating stores about some of the wilder rockers like John Martyn and the Happy Mondays. Lots of drugs and Franz only very briefly covers his own issues in a very limited way. I'm eagerly awaiting Tina Weymouth's book that he refers to as she seems to have put up with a lot over over the years. A must listen for Talking Heads fans.

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One of the best music bios i have read

Very enjoyable+ nostolgic book amiably narrated by Chris ,Full of hilarious anecdotes and fascinating details of the punk/ post punk NY scene. My main takeaway is what great life Chris has had and (because he seens such a good guy) although envious I don't begrudge him it ,

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Great book for any Talking Heads fan

I’m a huge Talking Heads fan and this audiobook did not disappoint. I listened to it during lockdown walks and would intermittently play Talking Heads tracks - very enjoyable experience and thanks to Chris Frantz for writing and reading this book so well.

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Amazing

As a fan of Talking Heads this is a perfect testimony of the band’s relationship together and the rollercoaster ride of the rock and roll business, this was a joy to listen to and would recommend to others. 👌

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Perfect

Talking Heads have always been and always will be a major influence on me. This book is truly excellent.

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Overall, a really fascinating listen

Overall a really fascinating listen from what seems to be a kind and honest man.
Think there might be a whole lot of bitterness in there, that I do hope has gone now after he wrote/recorded this.

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Remain In Love

Great insight into Talking Heads, but at times the detail was unbearable and made it hard going. Chris's voice is also quite banal to listen to for long periods of time...almost like an automated robot that you get on answering services. If you can get over that, then this is the best book written about this band. I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the little niggles with the narration.

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A great story well told and well titled

The music of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club are big parts of the story, but the book is about so much more. Central to Chris Frantz is his love for Tina Weymouth, followed by their family, friends and music. A very rewarding read.

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Nice book from a nice bloke.

Good story - well told. Sad to hear about how difficult David must have been. Love the positive and mature vibe throughout.

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So glad this is on Audible so quickly

Having heard Chris being interviewed on Sound Opinions recently I had little hope that it would be on Audible already. Not only was it here, but Chris was narrating it himself. I'm now going to look around the Internet to see if Tina's book has been published yet, or if DB has written one.. I'll need to listen to this a few more times, taking notes, to get the full gist. There are so many references to musicians and places, it's hard to retain them all. I'll have to scout to see if any of their paintings are on t'internet as well. Fascinating to hear that Tina's brother designed so many great buildings.