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The Sound of Being Human: Jude Rogers in conversation with Travis Elborough

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Join author and music writer Jude Rogers as she discusses her book The Sound of Being Human in conversation with author, cultural historian and commentator Travis Elborough.

The Sound of Being Human (White Rabbit, 2023) explores, in detail, why music plays such a deep-rooted role in so many lives, from before we are born to our last days. Vast in scope, The Sound of Being Human delves into neuroscience, psychology, sociology, fandom studies and anthropology, taking the reader on a journey using scientific and cultural research stitched together with Jude’s own story as a young, grieving girl finding her way in the world through music. 

Jude Rogers

Since 2003, Jude Rogers has written about arts and culture for The Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Times Saturday Review, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Word, MOJO, Q, NME, The Quietus, Wire and The Gentlewoman. She has made acclaimed documentaries for Radio 4, including the 2021 series ‘A Life in Music’, and presents the White Rabbit music books podcast, 'Songbook'.


Travis Elborough

Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for over two decades now. His books include The Bus We LovedThe Long-Player GoodbyeWish You Were Here; London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing; A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution and Through The Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles.

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