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14 May 1952, Dumbarton, Scotland, but raised in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Briefly a student of the Rhode Island School of Design, Byrne abandoned his training in visual and conceptual arts in favour of rock. He teamed up fellow design student, Chris Frantz, in the Artistics. After relocating to New Yorks Lower East Side, Byrne, Frantz and Tina Weymouth formed Talking Heads in 1974. This highly respected unit, completed with the addition of seasoned multi-instrumentalist Jerry Harrison, evolved from its origins in the New York punk milieu into one of Americas leading new post-punk attractions. Much of its appeal was derived from Byrnes quirky, almost paranoid, diction and imaginative compositions, but the band rapidly proved too limiting for his widening artistic palette.
A 1981 collaboration with Brian Eno, My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, was widely praised by critics for its adventurous blend of sound collages, ethnic...