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November 18, 2013 - Comment

Produced in association with the Smithsonian and including images from The National Music Museum in South Dakota, Music: The Definitive Visual History guides readers through the progression of music since its prehistoric beginnings, discussing not just Western classical music, but music from all around the world. Telling the story of musical developments, era by era,

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Produced in association with the Smithsonian and including images from The National Music Museum in South Dakota, Music: The Definitive Visual History guides readers through the progression of music since its prehistoric beginnings, discussing not just Western classical music, but music from all around the world.

Telling the story of musical developments, era by era, linking musical theory, technology, and human genius into the narrative, Music: The Definitive Visual History profiles the lives of groundbreaking musicians from Mozart to Elvis, takes an in-depth look at the history and function of various instruments, and includes listening suggestions for each music style.

Anyone with an interest in music will enjoy learning about the epic journey the art has taken over the years and will learn to appreciate music with a new ear.

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Pikmin says:

This is an international book This is a music encyclopedia, not just history. All my previous music history books discuss mostly western music from pre-historic to modern 20th century music. This book is international. When you open the book, on the first page you will notice a big gong with two snake figurines commonly used in an Indonesian “gamelan” orchestra.Topics that you will find in this book beyond a typical music history:* Huge array of jazz instruments, artists, history and sub-genre* “Global” or world music from 1945 to present* Hollywood and Broadway musicals* Yes, gamelan!* Fact of world’s largest music market was dominated by Japan (USA is number two) in 2010* New era of radio listeners, electronic, experimental music, and Apple iTunesI highly recommend this if you are interested in learning music.

Strategos "The Guardian of Time" says:

Definitive Let’s face it. It takes guts to call your own book “definitive”. But yes, this book is. Does it cover everything about music in-depth for all-time. No. That’s impossible. Any more than their (also definitive, and quite mind blowing) “Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia” could tell you EVERYTHING about sci-fi. But both books accomplish what they set out to do, and by that I mean:You get an overview of pretty much everything that is essential.There isn’t really any gaping gap with major categories overlooked (people can argue that their favorite artist or sub-genre wasn’t included, but I really don’t think it’s necessary to put German Speed Pirate Progressive Metal or Ska Punk Reggae Dirty Blues (okay, I made that last one up, but i didn’t make up the first) on their own pages. What is covered is covered extremely well. If you knew absolutely nothing about music this book could teach you the basics, and then you can find more extensive, exhaustive,…

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