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Books: Book Review: Elena Mannes: The Power Of Music

29 June 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

The best pop-science writers serve as momma birds who regurgitate tough technical truths while stopping short of turning them into complete pap. Filmmaker Elena Mannes never fully nails that balance in The Power Of Music: Pioneering Discoveries In The New Science Of Song. As a legatee of one of the “first families of American music” (after whom The New School Of Music is named) she’s especially well-suited to the task of condensing and converting reams of research for a wider audience. And she has—just not here. The book adapts and expands her acclaimed PBS documentary The Music Instinct »

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