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Sort order. Jul 20, JoyfulK rated it liked it. This is very readable. It's a good overview. I wish it had better footnotes.

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I particularly enjoyed the discussion of Greek influences on music that are still present today, as well as the discussion of African polyrhythms. Sadly, as so often happens, the "History of Music" section is really a history of Western music, and music of other areas of the world is shunted off to a separate section rather than being integrated into the main narrative. This is better than if other areas weren't covered This is very readable. This is better than if other areas weren't covered at all.

But I found it particularly irritating that, for example, the South American music timeline begins post-colonization, even though the discussion does contain some info about music from pre-Colombian cultures. The so-called African music timeline is even worse, as they start it in about It's all a little too Eurocentric for my tastes. Recommended conditionally, as I haven't found anything that addresses the history of music any better. Maybe someday.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music History by Michael Miller (2008, Paperback)

Apr 03, Peter Stuckings rated it really liked it. Very enjoyable book, and practically set up to help you really understand the music styles discussed, by ending each chapter with a listening list, the songs easily found on YouTube. The author injects a little humour and personal perspective from time to time, to remind you this is a real person with a passion for music writing to you, not just a reference book.

The book covers the development of music historically, then in the modern era it steps sideways to look at the music of different geog Very enjoyable book, and practically set up to help you really understand the music styles discussed, by ending each chapter with a listening list, the songs easily found on YouTube. The book covers the development of music historically, then in the modern era it steps sideways to look at the music of different geographical regions.

To grasp where contemporary sounds have stemmed from is invaluable in seeing through the assumptions we all make about the importance or depth or expertise of what we listen to on a daily basis. Overall, highly recommended for music fans! Nov 13, Laura rated it really liked it. I am not completely through with this book and won't be for awhile- I have to return it to the library soon.

I really want this book on my own bookshelf- with the CDs as well. I liked this book on music history because it was so straight forward and really enjoyable to read for a history book. It didn't over analyze the eras so you weren't bogged down in the words.

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You could just float through musical time. I liked that it really helped me remember all those things I learned once upon a time as I am not completely through with this book and won't be for awhile- I have to return it to the library soon. I liked that it really helped me remember all those things I learned once upon a time as a music major. And, I didn't feel like an idiot in the process Jul 20, Michaelchan rated it really liked it.

I recommend this book to history buffs who enjoys the development of music mainly in the western world. Or for any one who simply wants to know more about how music evolved from its monophony form in the Middle Ages to our modern polyphony form. Staying true to complete idiot's directive, the book is pleasing to read, a lovely bonus to our hectic schedules Aug 31, Dgg32 rated it really liked it.

Read the book when you want a quick overview of music, both historically and geographically. It goes without too much music theory in it and mentions literally all noteworthy little facts in the world of music. Kin Guan rated it really liked it Oct 29, Paul rated it liked it Aug 12, Ursus Dei rated it it was ok Aug 08, John Reid rated it liked it Feb 18, Edward rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Kayla rated it liked it May 27, Michael Blackmore rated it liked it Oct 29, Mihai Prica rated it liked it May 31, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Yannis Lee rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Vivian rated it liked it Jun 06, Amanda Kirk rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Curut rated it it was amazing Dec 03, Matt rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Matt rated it really liked it Feb 04, My Orders.

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