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  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241987353
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99
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This is Your Brain on Music

Understanding a Human Obsession




The New York Times bestselling book which examines how humans experience music and unravels the mystery of our perennial love affair with it

Using musical examples from Bach to the Beatles, Levitin reveals the role of music in human evolution, shows how our musical preferences begin to form even before we are born and explains why music can offer such an emotional experience.

Music is an obsession at the heart of human nature, even more fundamental to our species than language. In This Is Your Brain On Music Levitin offers nothing less than a new way to understand it, and its role in human life

  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241987353
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99
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Praise for This is Your Brain on Music

Fluent and readable... [Levitin] rightly insists that we are all better equipped to perform and appreciate music than we think... We are, he says, hard-wired for music.

Observer

Consistently interesting... Music, Levitin argues, is not a decadent modern diversion but something of fundamental importance to the history of human development

Literary Review

Endlessly stimulating

Oliver Sacks

Music seems to have an almost willful, evasive quality, defying simple explanation, so that the more we find out, the more there is to know... Daniel Levitin's book is an eloquent and poetic exploration of this paradox

Sting

You'll never hear music in the same way again

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