IN-PERSON EVENT: Susan Rogers - "This Is What It Sounds Like" (Part of the Authors & Innovators Festival)

Event date: 
11/17/2022 - 6:00pm

Susan Rogers, legendary record producer-turned-brain scientist, presents her new book about how your brain responds to music, This Is What It Sounds Like.

This event is part of the Fifth Annual Authors and Innovators Business Ideas Festival curated by Gennari Aronson Business Lawyers.

This is a free event however we ask that you RSVP with the link below. Please note that if you would like to have the author sign your book at the event, you must have bought it from Wellesley Books. A purchase of the book can be added to your RSVP at checkout on the Eventbrite page, should you choose. There will also be copies available to buy at the event. 

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COVID Protocols
• Attendees must wear masks at all times during the event.
• Attendees must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination along with a picture I.D.
• Masks are not required while browsing the store. 



Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2022 by Boston Globe and Literary Hub

A legendary record producer-turned-brain scientist explains why you fall in love with music.
This Is What It Sounds Like is a journey into the science and soul of music that reveals the secrets of why your favorite songs move you. But it’s also a story of a musical trailblazer who began as a humble audio tech in Los Angeles, rose to become Prince’s chief engineer for Purple Rain, and then created other No. 1 hits ,including Barenaked Ladies' "One Week," as one of the most successful female record producers of all time.

Now an award-winning professor of cognitive neuroscience, Susan Rogers leads readers to musical self-awareness. She explains that we each possess a unique “listener profile” based on our brain’s natural response to seven key dimensions of any song. Are you someone who prefers lyrics or melody? Do you like music “above the neck” (intellectually stimulating), or “below the neck” (instinctual and rhythmic)? Whether your taste is esoteric or mainstream, Rogers guides readers to recognize their musical personality, and offers language to describe one's own unique taste. Like most of us, Rogers is not a musician, but she shows that all of us can be musical—simply by being an active, passionate listener.

While exploring the science of music and the brain, Rogers also takes us behind the scenes of record-making, using her insider’s ear to illuminate the music of Prince, Frank Sinatra, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, and many others. She shares records that changed her life, contrasts them with those that appeal to her coauthor and students, and encourages you to think about the records that define your own identity.

Told in a lively and inclusive style, This Is What It Sounds Like will refresh your playlists, deepen your connection to your favorite artists, and change the way you listen to music.



Susan Rogers, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist and an award-winning professor at Berklee College of Music, as well as a multiplatinum record producer. She resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Photo credit: Sharona Jacobs


This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You By Susan Rogers, Ogi Ogas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393541250
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2022

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714