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5.0 out of 5 stars An original introduction to music in our time
This little book makes you think from page 1. It is brilliantly written and full of controversial ideas about music and musicians. Don't be put off by its small size, as it is packed with interesting suggestions and ideas. It should make you think about the meaning, importance and future of music.
A must.
Published on 28 Nov 2003 by Carlos FernŠndez Aransay

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2.0 out of 5 stars Music: a muddled introduction
The style of writing and the language used are extremely distracting and make it very difficult to read. I found myself re-reading paragraphs and even whole chapters to try and discover what the author is trying to say. I cannot even describe it as pretentious drivel; I really have no idea! It is certainly not easy reading, nor is it a reference book. As a book linked...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MC review, 14 Jun 2009
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Malcolm Craven "MC" (N'land, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
Excellent thought provoking book.
Relativly easy to read.
Recommended to any musician trying to work out the place of their music in the world.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is about what music means to poeple., 21 April 2001
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This review is from: Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
Music - A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas Cook is an extremely interesting and thought provoking publication that all musicians and especially music educators should add to their reading lists. This book is about what music means, and is about thinking about music. It is also a book that questions all the social and institutional structures that condition our thinking about music.
It is no longer true that 'those who can do, and those who can't teach.' This is why as long as there is someone to state 'white' there will always be someone there to state 'black'. This is only human nature. Mr. Cook's points and reasoning were so near to the edge of the extremes that this book is bound to provoke thoughts and reactions to its contents. This book was written to encourage the reader to think about music and what music means to them. Mr. Cook, in writing this book, has attempted to break down the assumptions and misconceptions that are related to music. The main message of this book appears to be that we have inherited a way of thinking about music that won't do justice to the great diversity available in today's Musical World and Mr. Cook has successfully gone some way to trying to dispel these suppositions and misconceptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading!, 13 April 2009
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Mr. E. P. Moore "MusoTed" (Isle of Wight, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
This book is a fabulous piece of writing, as one would expect from such an esteemed professor as Nick Cook. Working on may different levels, it explores both different genres of music, and, more importantly, the philosophical and sociological factors that condition our thinking about music in "Western Society".
This is a must-read for anyone interested in music, from those who have no formal musical education, to those (like myself) studying music at University. Don't be put off by its slimline nature - there is much in there for people on every rung of musical learning.
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