Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls ?musical misalignments.? Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age o With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks e...

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Title:Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Author:Oliver Sacks
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain Reviews

  • Jafar
    Jun 08, 2008
    This book was interesting, I guess. Lots of anecdotes about the effect of music on behavior and personality, but not enough analysis. Sacks usually is more of a story teller than a hardcore neuroscientist in his popular book ? at least in the other two that I?ve read by him ? but...
  • Sarah
    Jan 06, 2008
    Sacks is, for me, a perfect meeting of a science writer and a writer of creative non-fiction. He has an equal interest in telling an affecting, human story and with exploring how (and why) the brain works. While lots of science writing is dry and objective (as it should be) and while m...
  • Matt
    Mar 02, 2008
    Oliver Sacks has been one of my favorite authors ever since I first read The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. I still completely amazed, and a little bit disturbed, when I think back to his account of the woman who lost her sense of proprioception - the internal body sense that lets...
  • liz
    Jan 06, 2008
    I wasn't hugely impressed with this. Sacks's writing sometimes gets extremely dry as he goes into the technicalities of how the brain functions. I found his other books, with chapters each covering a variety of conditions ("Anthropologist on Mars," "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a H...
  • Kelly
    Mar 05, 2017
    This was unexpectedly touching. I'm glad I finally read it. Review to come. ...
  • Malbadeen
    Jan 02, 2011
    Woooooooa!!! Heeeeeeey!!!! Look at me I'm Oliver Sacks and I'm tellin you some more wacky stuff about brains. oh-la-la. I'm so fancy. (interesting topic but I prefer the podcast interview to the book - which I was able to stick with through apx. chapter 6 before throwing in the ...
  • Brandon
    Nov 29, 2007
    Books by Oliver Sacks usually contain gems of insight drawn from his encyclopedic knowledge and keen powers of synthesis, but this volume is a just a collection of anecdotes of neurological and neuro-biological conditions in relation to music and the mind. Not much to learn here -ju...
  • rachel
    Feb 15, 2009
    In his characteristic compassion and curiosity Oliver Sacks looks at what seems to be the infinite ways that music interacts with our brains- from the worms that play maddeningly in our heads to the power of music as an aid in communication with people who either from birth or from st...
  • Bobby
    Nov 21, 2007
    I really tried to perservere with this book, but after 100 pages I had to put it down. First, although marketed to a popular audience (even making it to the best sellers list), there are massive amounts of musical jargon and a background of musical knowledge would be extrememly helpful...
  • Alex
    Dec 20, 2007
    Musicophelia is an enchanting read, though one is struck more by the phenomena depicted?amusias, musical hallucinations, comatose patients suddenly "awakened" by nothing more than a familiar melody?than the manner of their depiction. Sacks has always been lauded for his fluid, pers...
  • brian tanabe
    Feb 26, 2008
    This is my first oliver sacks -- I always meant to read the Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat but alas never got around to it. I love mr. sacks' delightful anecdotal storytelling and his intellect that makes fresh and accessible the study of the brain. It *almost* makes the issues ...
  • Richard
    Nov 19, 2007
    I'm reading this slowly and between other books. I have it on my electronic reader and so usually focus on it when I'm traveling. I always feel I learn something from Sacks, and this book is no different in that respect. Now finished. I love Sacks. I always learn something. His 'st...
  • mai
    Oct 23, 2011
    part i: holy crap, this book so far is so fucking boring. let's give 500 examples that describe the exact same thing. zzzzZZZzzzZzZzZZ...i really hope it gets better. so far, the author is just introducing us to several different patients who exhibit the same or similar symptoms, doesn...
  • Aaron
    Nov 21, 2008
    Starts off with a fairly unsatisfying collection of anecdotes around loss or gain of musical ability. The real heft arrives halfway as Sacks starts pulling together the real research and making implications. The message here is that music is not some frivolous side effect of our neu...
  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    Aug 22, 2008
    The neurologist Oliver Sacks has a great book called Musicophilia (and a series of talks available on YouTube) which goes into some really interesting descriptions of the brain's relationship to music. One story involves a man getting hit by lightning and afterward having a newly acqui...
  • Keith Putnam
    Feb 27, 2009
    I am a huge sucker for pop science about human consciousness. Sacks, unfortunately, has the habit of boring me with far too many anecdotes which he fails to link in any progression of Greater Understanding. ...
  • Jason
    Dec 22, 2010
    It?s not a common characteristic, but I recommend this book for all environments where you read. Coffee shop, living room, park bench, subway, or to ignore your spouse--it receives my seal of 4+ stars. Musicophilia is a lurid, but respectable, look into the brains and lives of people...
  • notgettingenough
    Apr 03, 2010
    I wrote to Sacks just after starting this, suddenly thinking he was the man to answer a question I'd been asking musicians for years. When I was little I played violin and piano to a high standard, but although I was technically supposed to be equal in both, the fact is I was a fine...
  • Cathy
    Jun 26, 2016
    This book caught my attention mostly because it explores the relation between music and neurological disorders. The premise seemed interesting and I?ve never read anything by this author, so I thought it would be an excellent opportunity. This is essentially a compilation of stories ...
  • Bob
    Sep 03, 2015
    Summary: Renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks chronicles the neuroscience of music?the various ways music affects the brain, and the unusual effects of various neurological conditions on our perception, performance, and experience of music. Oliver Sacks died on August 30 of this year...
  • Syed Ashrafulla
    May 25, 2014
    I know this book is cute to its readers because it makes them feel intelligent. "Hey look at me now I understand music from a brain perspective." This book is far far too narrow to pull that off. It's actually a terrible message to send to readers that music is inherently related to br...
  • Amirography
    Oct 14, 2016
    It was a great book. Though it does not seem to follow a very hierarchical structure which I like, it is a great read. I loved how Dr. Sacks covered many different items relating to clinical aspects of music on different kinds of people. Indeed this book is for those who love brains an...
  • Donna
    Oct 13, 2018
    This is nonfiction neuroscience.....about the brain and music and how each of them can effect the other. Some of the science was fascinating. I also enjoyed the plethora of (case studies) stories the author cited. All the examples were different. I really felt for some of these patient...
  • Lynne King
    Feb 02, 2016
    I was flying forwards. Bewildered. I looked around. I saw my own body on the ground. I said to myself, ?Oh shit, I?m dead.? I saw people converging on the body. I saw a woman ? she had been standing waiting to use the phone right behind me - position herself over my body, give...
  • Benjamin
    Aug 10, 2015
    I get the feeling Oliver Sacks likes to reuse material. He retells the stories of his clients throughout his books, always with references to his other work. This isn't entirely bad, but I had to speed through some parts that were a tad bit repetitive. The subject matter is fascinating...
  • India Clamp
    Nov 30, 2018
    Sacks relives the pathologies of musical response in his patients while working at Beth Abraham Hospital. He describes music as a panacea and says, ?they were liberated by music.? This applies to patients with dementia and those suffering from Williams Syndrome. Despite low IQ, he ...
  • Faye
    Dec 15, 2014
    2.5 stars I am a music geek. I play piano and I'm also taking a Music Theory Class right now. So I was really pumped to read a book about how music affects you. But the thing is, all these concept aren't explored. I feel like too many topics were squeezed into one book. Even ...
  • Glenn Sumi
    Mar 08, 2015
    Have you ever experienced an ?ear worm? ? i.e., a melody ?stuck? in your head? Have you ever found yourself humming or whistling a tune for no reason, then thought back to the lyrics or theme of that song and realized it had something to do with what?s on your mind? Have yo...
  • Sandi Biltoo
    Feb 05, 2018
    This book was not the lightest of reading material; There is a lot of technical jargon and medical terminologies that will go completely over the head of the layman reader, but as an avid lover of music, I consumed this book with a deep desire to have a better technical understanding o...
  • A.G. Stranger
    Feb 12, 2019
    " All arts aspire to the condition of Music". Now, it's scientifically proven.( Not that it needed to.) ...