It has been spectacularly enlightening to discover that I could learn more about the nature of sound from those who cannot hear than from anyone else.
Zoe's first book, Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science – hand-picked by The Guardian as a must-read science book – was published by Profile in August 2014.
Science has revealed why all human cultures are united by a uniform embrace of 'base' pursuits': without them, we would not be who we are.
Keeping my ear to the ground: On getting music lessons at a ‘deaf rave’
Hats off to Chapelier Fou – the violinist taking us through the looking glass…
Every once in a while a musician comes along who reminds you of the redemptive power of music. Why sonic combinations make life worth living.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard @ The Shacklewell Arms
If you manage to get a mosh pit going – complete with crowd surfers grabbing the projector cables from the ceiling, hanging off the rafters and falling head-first onto the concrete floor – from 45 seconds into the first song, then you must be doing something right.
Why brain scientists crave illegal drugs
Drugs are dangerous, but they are double-edged swords, and when used in the right time in the right way, scientists can use them as unparalleled tools to probe the mechanics of the mind.
Start The Week
I’ll be on Start The Week on BBC Radio 4 on December 22nd at 9am to discuss hedonism, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director Greg Doran, who is staging Henry IV this month, and Kurt Lampe of Bristol University, an academic studying the tensions between the Hedonists and the Epicureans in the 4th century BC.
SDRR: The Soundtrack
I’ve put together a track list of tunes on Rdio to accompany my book, featuring all the artists mentioned. The wonderful range of music celebrates the unparalleled human creation that is music: an infinite variety of forms are available to it, and we seemingly will never run out of new ways to produce sonic creations. From wreck heads to tee totalers, classical composers to electronic masterminds, I hope you enjoy this sample of the noises that humans can make.
Rough Trade: Number Seven
My book was ranked as the seventh best book of the year by Rough Trade. Sweet.
Editorial in Wired
I have penned one of the leading editorials in Wired this month, arguing why neuroscientists have a legitimate reason to be interested in psychedelic drugs. Life ambition: achieved.
To discuss the science of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll – all explored in my new book– I will be speaking throughout the UK this autumn and winter…
September 25th – The Bus Driver’s Prayer, Kahaila Café, 135 Brick Lane, London. 7.30pm. Tickets Here
September 28th – Wigtown Book Festival, The Booth, Wigtown, Scotland. 2:30pm Info Here
October 10th – Lichfield Literature Festival, George IV Pub, Lichfield, 7:30pm.Tickets Here
November 19th – Last Tuesday Society, Hackney, London, E8 4RP. 6pm. Tickets Here
November 26th – Salon London, The Proud Archivist, N1 5ET. 7pm. Tickets Here
November 30th – Sunday Papers Live, Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY. 8pm. Tickets Here.
December 3rd – Salon London, Shoreditch House, E1 6AW. Info Here. (open only to members of Soho and Shoreditch House)
December 22nd – Start The Week, BBC Radio 4, 9am
February 4th – Dalston Darlings WI, The Duke of Wellington, N1 4BL. Info Here.