- Nicholas Cook is an excellent expositor who writes with humour and flair. Anthony Storr described Cook's book, A Guide to Musical Analysis, as 'fascinating' and 'provocative'.
- Referring throughout to familiar musical examples, this Very Short Introduction will involve the reader, and raise thought-provoking questions about what music is, and how it is constructed and consumed.
- Covers not only Western music and not only classical music - Nicholas Cook discusses everything from rock to Chinese zither music
- 'another eminently readable publication by the people's musicologist' Anthony Gritten, University of East Anglia
Music: A Very Short Introduction