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Alex Ross

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One of The Telegraph’s Best Music Books 2011

Alex Ross’s award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross describes his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of his writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker. These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. He vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and indie-rock hipsters in Beijing.

Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches us how to listen more closely.

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PART I1LISTEN TO THISCROSSING THE BORDER FROM CLASSICAL TO POP 
 
 
 
 
I hate "classical music": not the thing but the name. It traps a tenaciously living art in a theme park of the past. It cancels out the possibility that music in the spirit of Beethoven could still be created today. It banishes into limbo the work of thousands of active composers who have to explain to otherwise well-informed people what it is they do for a living. The phrase is a masterpiece of negative publicity, a tour de force of anti-hype.

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Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues

Alex Ross discusses how one bass line appears throughout history as a piece of musical DNA. With Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle, and guitarist/composer Tyondai Braxton

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Alex Ross

ALEX ROSS has been the music critic for The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of the international bestseller The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, which was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Listen to This
Alex Ross

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374187743
ISBN10: 0374187746
6 x 9 inches, 384 pages, 11 Black-and-White Illustrations, Suggested Listening, and an Index
$27.00

Unabridged Digital Audio

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Macmillan Audio
September 2010
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427211071
ISBN10: 1427211078
Audio Run Time: 13:00
$22.99

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Trade Paperback
Picador
October 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312610685
ISBN10: 0312610688
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes eleven black-and-white illustrations
$19.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429977616
ISBN10: 1429977612
384 pages
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