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Music and the Mind by Anthony Storr
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Sep 04, 09

bookshelves: music, psychology
Read in May, 2009

Made it about half-way through this book -- it doesn't strike me as worth finishing. It's not bad as far as it goes, but Storr is no authority on this topic. He's a psychologist who has written books about a number of eclectic subjects, and has no specialization in musicology or music psychology.

This book is essentially a long essay by somebody who is generally smart and who has reflected philosophically about music with the resources of a decently-read layperson, but he doesn't seem any more qualified in his judgments than I am, and I don't mean I'm an expert. We've done nearly equivalent amounts of reading on the subject, but I'm not running out to write about book about it.

(shrug)

I know there's a book out there on music psychology that is the one I'm looking for, but this wasn't it.
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