Hrnm, where to begin?
Lets start with the fallout of last weekend, two fucking things stood out.
1. I have noticed that I am an asshole with a zero tolerance for peoples shit.
2. There is a guitar in the store which is cool and all but looks like a fucking prop, its a bookstore dammit, if we wanted a musical instrument as a prop we would have a cathedral fucking pipe organ.
1. Elderly mustached customer’s mustache made to defy gravity.
Gravity defying mustache
There are more than enough books out there that scream at you, how to be happier, how to be optimistic, how to pack your bags and leave, how to give your boss a punch in his nut sack and quit. So what about all those happy people who do not want to read something happy? What about all those sad people who want to read something they can relate to?
This is a must-read-must-have for every music student, music teacher, wannabe musician (my badly off key neighbour included) and composer, and is a easily readable guided tour through the creative and neurological workings of the human mind.
Daniel Levitin, professional musician and sound engineer turned neuroscientist, is in a unique position to write this fascinating, flabbergasting, entertaining & enlightening exploration of the human mind and the human-created experience that is music.
Levitin’s love for music illuminates each page, and he effortlessly interweaves brain-scan findings with a line-by-line lyrical breakdown that explains exactly why ‘JailHouse Rock” really rocks. His diagrams and explanations of which different areas of the brain are engaged by specific musical instruments are worth the price alone. The perfect gift book for anyone interested in music and its effects on the mind. Start with even a quick skim and you’ll find yourself drawn along, ultimately experiencing music in a whole new way.This is a well documented, thoroughly footnoted and seminal text which is such a great read it’s almost impossible to put down.
Fans of V. S. Ramachandran’s Phantoms in the Brain please take full serving of Levitin’s appetizer.
Here lies a biography that Syd deserves. Insightful, intelligent and sensitive.
A must read for Syd fans – the author Rob Chapman dealing with the mysteries of perhaps pop’s greatest enigma. Starting with Syd’s childhood in Cambridge to the pinnacle of success in Pink Floyd and his downward spiral into obscurity. The book does examine the possibilities that Syd had schizophrenia…. it is well established that Syd was a sound synesthete (hears colours) and that fed directly into his music.
The book title ‘A very irregular head’ is spot on and how Syd referred to himself in his last ever interview with Rolling Stone in 1971.
A must have for music fans.