World in Six Songs
Daniel Levitin

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Narrated By: Daniel Levitin

Duration: 10 hours and 32 minutes

What to expect

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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'.

© Daniel Levitin 2019 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Genre

Developmental biology, Theory of music & musicology, Popular science, Popular psychology, Human growth & development, Evolutionary anthropology, Anthropology

Listen to a sample

Fantastic

New Scientist

Masterful ... Eminently enjoyable

Los Angeles Times

Exquisitely well-written and easy to read, serving up a great deal of scientific information in a gentle way for those of us who are-or just think we are-a bit science-phobic

Huffington Post

A fantastic ride

New Scientist

Exquisitely well-written and easy to read, serving up a great deal of scientific information in a gentle way for those of us who are - or just think we are - a bit science-phobic

Huffington Post

Why can a song make you cry in a matter of seconds? Six Songs is the only book that explains why

Bobby McFerrin, ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist ("Don't Worry, Be Happy")

Fascinating. Provides a biological explanation for why we might tap our feet or bob our heads in time with a favorite song, how singing might soothe a baby, and how music emboldens soldiers or athletes preparing for conflict