An account of the five turning points in Western music, starting with the invention of notation by an 11th century monk, the invention of the piano and opera, and the first musical recording, and the development of musical styles ending with popular music of the 20th century. The book accompanies a 5-part Channel 4 series.

Big Bangs 2001, Vintage Publications

ISBN-13: 9780099283546

UK edition

Trade paperback

Big Bangs 2000, Random House (UK)

ISBN-13: 9780701169329