World in Six Songs How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature

ISBN-10: 0452295483

ISBN-13: 9780452295483

Edition: 2009

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The author of the New York Timesbestseller This Is Your Brain on Musicreveals music’s role in the evolution of human culture—and “will leave you awestruck” (The New York Times) Daniel J. Levitin’s astounding debut bestseller, This Is Your Brain on Music, enthralled and delighted readers as it transformed our understanding of how music gets in our heads and stays there. Now in his second New York Timesbestseller, his genius for combining science and art reveals how music shaped humanity across cultures and throughout history. Dr. Levitin identifies six fundamental song functions or types—friendship, joy, comfort, religion, knowledge, and love—then shows how each in its own way has enabled the social bonding necessary for human culture and society to evolve. He shows, in effect, how these “six songs” work in our brains to preserve the emotional history of our lives and species. Dr. Levitin combines cutting-edge scientific research from his music cognition lab at McGill University and work in an array of related fields; his own sometimes hilarious experiences in the music business; and illuminating interviews with musicians such as Sting and David Byrne, as well as conductors, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists. The World in Six Songsis, ultimately, a revolution in our understanding of how human nature evolved—right up to the iPod.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Daniel J. Levitin was born on December 27, 1957 in San Francisco, California. He studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and music at the Berklee College of Music before dropping out of college to become a record producer and professional musician. He returned to school in his thirties, where he studied cognitive psychology/cognitive science, receiving a B.A. from Stanford University in 1992 and a M.Sc. in 1993 and Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of Oregon. He is a cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, and author. He runs the Levitin Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University. He has published extensively in scientific journals and music trade magazines such as Grammy and Billboard. He is also the author of several books including This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, and The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.

Taking It from the Top or "The Hills Are Alive ..."
Friendship or "War (What Is It Good For)?"
Joy or "Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut"
Comfort or "Before There Was Prozac, There Was You"
Knowledge or "I Need to Know"
Religion or "People Get Ready"
Love or "Bring 'Em All In"
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