Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

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Knopf Canada, Sep 23, 2008 - Psychology - 448 pages
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What goes on in human beings when they make or listen to music? What is it about music, what gives it such peculiar power over us, power delectable and beneficent for the most part, but also capable of uncontrollable and sometimes destructive force? Music has no concepts, it lacks images; it has no power of representation, it has no relation to the world. And yet it is evident in all of uswe tap our feet, we keep time, hum, sing, conduct music, mirror the melodic contours and feelings of what we hear in our movements and expressions.

In this book, Oliver Sacks explores the power music wields over usa power that sometimes we control and at other times dont. He explores, in his inimitable fashion, how it can provide access to otherwise unreachable emotional states, how it can revivify neurological avenues that have been frozen, evoke memories of earlier, lost events or states or bring those with neurological disorders back to a time when the world was much richer.
This is a book that explores, like no other, the myriad dimensions of our experience of and with music.


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User Review  - fefferbooks - LibraryThing

I never read non-fiction, but this was just. so. fascinating! Sacks' style is conversational and warm--never sterile nor overly academic. If I were in need of a world-renowned neurologist, I'd ... Read full review

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User Review  - phredfrancis - LibraryThing

While the stories and case studies were inconsistently interesting--some were more much more compelling than others, and some were given more attention than my level of interest seemed to want--this ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Oliver Sacks is the author of Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in New York City, where he is a practising neurologist.


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