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Tripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet (Paperback)


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A fascinating journey through the world's musical cultures.

Every culture on Earth has music. Every culture that's ever existed has had it, but we don't exactly know why. Music is not like food, shelter, or having opposable thumbs. We don't need it to live, and yet we can't seem to live without it. Glenn Dixon travels the globe exploring how and why people make music. From a tour of Bob Marley's house to sitar lessons in India, he experiences music around the world and infuses the stories with the latest in brain research, genetics, and evolutionary psychology. Why does music give us chills down the backs of our necks? What exactly are the whales singing about and why does some music stick in our minds like chewing gum?

Through his adventures, Dixon uncovers the real reasons why music has such a powerful hold on us - and the answers just might surprise you.

About the Author

Glenn Dixon has published travel articles in publications such as National Geographic, the New York Post, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. He is the author of Pilgrim in the Palace of Words and lives in Calgary.

Praise For…

On Pilgrim in the Palace of Words:
"Pilgrim in the Palace of Words is immensely appealing to anyone with a yearning to travel, an interest in the world’s diverse cultures and a love of words. And there is enough adventure to satisfy even the most critical of armchair travelers."--The Chronicle-Herald

Product Details
ISBN: 9781459706545
ISBN-10: 1459706544
Publisher: Dundurn Group
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Pages: 312
Language: English