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How Musical Is Man [Unknown Binding]

John Blacking
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  • Publisher: University Washington Press (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001A9ABEA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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By S Gibs
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
John Blacking is a renowned ethnomusicologist and this book is one of those seminal works that anyone studying the subject at university is expected to read, but I think that this is a book that is accessible to anyone.
Blacking is reflecting on what it means to be a musical person and considering it in terms of his research with the Venda. This is a society that makes up part of South Africa and regard musical activity as something everyone in their community should be involved in. Blacking considers this perspective against the idea that he had of musicality when he grew up: that some people were talented musicians and therefore performed music whilst other people were not talented and therefore listened to music. He questions this idea of talent and ponders on whether musicality is the very essence of humanity.
It's a book for anyone who has ever wondered whether there was more to music than just being talented at it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read it. 5 May 1998
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I think all the people should read this book if not for anything else then to learn how to appreciate different musical styles and cultures. Every ethnomusicologists must.
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