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Listen : on music, sound and us / Michel Faber.

Faber, Michel, (author.).

An enlightening, thoughtful and witty exploration into how and why we listen to music, from the award-winning author Michel Faber. 'I'm not here to change your mind about Dusty Springfield or Shostakovich or Tupac Shakur or synthpop. I'm here to change your mind about your mind.' There are countless books on music with much analysis given to musicians, bands, eras and/or genres. But rarely does a book delve into what's going on inside us when we listen. Michel Faber explores two big questions: how we listen to music and why we listen to music. To answer these he considers biology, age, illness, the notion of 'cool', commerce, the dichotomy between 'good' and 'bad' taste and, through extensive interviews with musicians, unlocks some surprising answers. From the award-winning author of The Crimson Petal and the White and Under the Skin, this curious and celebratory book reflects Michel Faber's lifelong obsession with music of all kinds. Listen will change your relationship with the heard world.

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  • ISBN: 9781335000620
  • ISBN: 1335000623
  • Physical Description: 448 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 2023 by Canongate Books. This edition published in 2023."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Who this book is for -- Do you hear what I hear? -- Who doesn't like music? -- The ears of a child 1: hip unhip hooray -- The ears of a child 2: something really bad, like cat poo -- Sorry for your lost -- Different strokes for different folks -- The siren call of horrible din -- A needle through your brow -- Somewhat marred by an echo -- The force of the blow -- On having no voice -- Tender exotics -- The kind of things that hegemony just can't buy -- Ambient 1: music for private banking -- Let's hear it one more time for Ludwig! -- Where I got my parka -- Overcome with all the excitement -- The awful taste of your inferiors -- Thank you for making my opinion cool -- According to whom? -- Pleasure about humans -- Impossible to hear (on Rolf Harris, R. Kelly and Morrissey) -- Let's rumble -- Girl you know it's true -- The dead give up their doonicans -- The tracks of my tears -- A thing that merely takes up space and gathers dust -- You've reached the start.
Subject: Music > Philosophy and aesthetics.
Music > Psychological aspects.
Music > Physiological aspects.

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Bethlehem Main Library 780.1 (Text) 33062009807794 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 03/02/2024

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