Noise: A Human History Of Sound And Listening

Paperback | August 26, 2014

byDavid Hendy

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Noise explores the human dramas that have revolved around sound at various points in the last 100,000 years, allowing us to think in fresh ways about the meaning of our collective past.

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Noise explores the human dramas that have revolved around sound at various points in the last 100,000 years, allowing us to think in fresh ways about the meaning of our collective past.

David Hendy is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sussex. He has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Cambridge; Yale University; and Indiana University, Bloomington. He worked as a journalist and producer at the BBC, and in 2011 was awarded the James ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062283081

ISBN - 13:9780062283085

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“Noise is terrific.” —Daily Telegraph (London)“As social history it’s hard to beat.” —Independent“A highly enjoyable and thought-provoking book...Open[s] our ears and our minds to the sound worlds of other lives and times, and perhaps encourag[es] us to listen to our own soundscapes with fresh ears.” —Irish Times“Hendy’s radiant and lyrical account of an otherwise elusive subject attests to his grasp of the history of sound and an amazing ability to weave vast and complex themes to a cohesive, accessible page-turner. Noise: A History of Sound and Listening is a thoroughly exhilarating encounter.” —Bernie Krause, author of The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places“David Hendy is an engaging tour guide of the heard world who leads readers from the distant echoes of Paleolithic caves to the hushed offices of Mad Men. Even if the closest you can get to a soundproof study is just the quiet car on the train, you’ll find yourself at home in Noise.” —John M. Picker, author of Victorian Soundscapes“A social history of sound from the Paleolithic to the present—David Hendy reconstructs the acoustic environments of our ancestors and contemporaries in words, conjuring them to life for the mind’s ear. Brilliant and thought-provoking—curl up somewhere noisy and enjoy!” —Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy“Fascinating. The wide focus and the clarity of writing make Noise something to shout about.” —Emily Cockayne, author of Hubbub: Filth, Noise, and Stench in England, 1600–1770 and Cheek by Jowl: A History of Neighbours