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This Is Your Brain On Music

Understanding a Human Obsession

Daniel J. Levitin

RRP: £10.99

1 May 2008

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843547167

RRP: £18.99

9 August 2007

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843547150

RRP: £9.49

1 July 2011

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857895141

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award
The Independent best books of the year
The Guardian best books of the year

This is the first book to offer a comprehensive explanation of how humans experience music and to unravel 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.

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