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Can music make the world a better place? Can it really 'belong' to anyone? Can the magic, mystery and incertitude of music - of the human brain meeting or making sound - can it stop wars, rehabilitate the broken, unite, educate or inspire?

From Jimi Hendrix playing 'Machine Gun' at The Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to the Bataclan under siege in 2015, Ed Vulliamy has
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Kindle Edition, 467 pages
Published September 13th 2018 by Granta Books
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In 500 densely written pages Ed Vulliamy reflects on his life as a war correspondent "and how music – from Sarajevo to the Paris attacks – can reveal truths when words fail."

I speed read the passages concerning his enthusiasms for the sorts of non-classical music I don't have much experience of and I couldn't face some of his experiences as a war correspondent in various parts of the world, as a result of which he describes himself as suffering, literally, from "shellshock". As a resident of a
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