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  • WORLD IN SIX SONGS : How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
    WORLD IN SIX SONGS : How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
    ISBN: 9780241987810
    Title: WORLD IN SIX SONGS : How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dividing the sum total of human musical achievement, from Beethoven to The Beatles, Busta Rhymes to Bach, into just six fundamental forms, Levitin illuminates, through songs of friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion and love, how music has been instrumental in the evolution of language, thought and culture. And how, far from being a bit of a song and dance, music is at the core of what it means to be human.

    A one-time record producer, now a leading neuroscientist, Levitin has composed a catchy and startlingly ambitious narrative that weaves together Darwin and Dionne Warwick, memoir and biology, anthropology and a jukebox of anecdote to create nothing less than the ' soundtrack of civilisation'.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9781787391512
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This book contains beautiful, specially commissioned photographs of more than one hundred of the greatest guitars ever made, from original standard-issue Gibsons and Fenders to custom-built one-offs and pre-owned classics.

    Some guitars are works of art and are hugely valuable, either because of where they were made (and who by) or because of who played them. The stunning imagery is combined with salient facts and descriptions of the guitar and player (where relevant), making this book a fascinating guide to some of the most sought-after instruments in the world today. Stunning modern designs are included alongside the sometimes battered ancient pieces in this eclectic, riveting guide. Features are included on particular guitars and their players, including Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat, David Gilmour's black Stratocaster, Brian May's Red Special, and more.

    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • YEAR OF WONDER : Classical Music for Every Day
    YEAR OF WONDER : Classical Music for Every Day
    ISBN: 9781472252302
    Title: YEAR OF WONDER : Classical Music for Every Day
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Year of Wonder is an absolute treat - the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.' Eddie Redmayne

    Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.

    Have you ever heard a piece of music so beautiful it stops you in your tracks? Or wanted to discover more about classical music but had no idea where to begin?

    YEAR OF WONDER is a unique celebration of classical music by an author who wants to share its diverse wonders with others and to encourage a love for this genre in all readers, whether complete novices or lifetime enthusiasts.

    Clemency chooses one piece of music for each day of the year, with a short explanation about the composer to put it into context, and brings the music alive in a modern and playful way, while also extolling the positive mindfulness element of giving yourself some time every day to listen to something uplifting or beautiful. Thoughtfully curated and expertly researched, this is a book of classical music to keep you company: whoever you are, wherever you're from.

    'The only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind.'

    Clemency Burton-Hill

    Playlists are available on most streaming music platforms including Apple Music and Spotify.

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
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