Tripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet by Glenn DixonTripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of Our Planet by Glenn Dixon

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

byGlenn Dixon

Paperback | March 30, 2013

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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.

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.
Title:Tripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of Our PlanetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 30, 2013Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1459706544

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tripping the World Fantastic: A Journey Through the Music of our Planet I initially purchased this book after hearing about it on a CBC interview. After reading the book, and listening to the accompanying audio clips (via website), I can recommend this book to someone looking for a good introduction to world music. The author writes in a casual, friendly style with some good anecdotes and brief exploration of recent neurobiological research involving aspects of music. I, personally, would have liked to have seen more extensive exploration of the neurobiological/music connections. Also, the fact that the author "just sort of stumbled in" on the "one day all year" that a particular culture celebrates this, "unique and rare" event got tiresome. I would have preferred that he had simply written, "I visited _____ culture in order to experience and record this particular event". Overall though, it was an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tripping the World Fantastic Dixon delves into the fascinating world of music and the brain. He has travelled throughout the world videoing and recording the musical cultures. His book allows you to actually see and hear these preformances from Keltic to a 42,000 year old flute. All this is noted in the book and can be seen by going to his site . A very good and entertaining read
Date published: 2013-04-03

Table of Contents

Chapter One:  Darwin's Big Idea

1.1  Whirling Dervishes

1.2  The Lost City of Petra

1.3  The Star of Bethlehem

1.4  Pilgrims on Mount Sanai


Chapter Two:  How to Remove a Human Brain

2.1   The minarets of Cairo

2.2.  The Scales of Pythagroas

2.3   Rome and the invention of Harmony

2.4   Flamenco in Old Seville


Chapter Three:  Rhythms of the Heart

3.1  Rocking the Kasbah

3.2  Timbuktu: at the end of the world

3.3  Ghana and the talking drums

3.4  Sierre Leone and the Slave Ships


Chapter Four:  Music is a drug

4.1  Cuba and the last Salsa

4.2. Bob Marley and the Magical Mystery Tour

4.3. Steel Drums and the Rum Kings

4.4  Tikal: till death do us part


Chapter Five:  Spirits of the Earth

5.1  The Pan Pipes of Machu Picchu

5.2  War Cry of the Navajo

5.3 Canoes and whale song

5.4  The Throat Singing of the Inuit


Chapter Six:  Dance on the Volcano

6.1  Tahiti and the dance of flowers

6.2  The War Dance of the Maori

6.3  Bali and the Gamelan orchestra

6.4  Cambodia and the landmines


Chapter Seven:  The Memory of Elephants

7.1   Tibet and the 3000 Buddhist texts

7.2   India: with the Beatles in Rishikesh

7.3   India and Bollywood

7.4  China and the Wall


Chapter Eight:  The Genius of Music

8.1  St. Petersburg and the Czar's fabulous egg

8.2  Germany and the Art of Fugue

8.3  The Pipes of the Highlands

8.4  Vienna and Genius


Editorial Reviews

Reading Tripping The World Fantastic made me want to travel, to plan as Glenn Dixon planned, to venture to places historic and unique. - Albertaviews