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If you've read Alex Ross in the New Yorker, you'll relish Listen to This. If you haven't read Ross, you're in for a treat. Exploring music from Bach to Björk, Ross writes with such refreshing honesty and contagious delight that even my favorite music sounds new again.
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Alex Ross's award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise, has become a contemporary classic, establishing him 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 described his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of Ross's 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 In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history — from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin — through a few iconic bass lines of celebration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 Bjork and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and to indie-rock hipsters in Beijing.

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"In this brilliant collection, music critic Ross (The Rest Is Noise) utilizes a wide musical scale--classical music in China; opera as popular art; sketches of Schubert, Bjork, Kiki and Herb--as a way of understanding the world. Featuring mostly revised essays published in the span of his 12-year career at the New Yorker, Ross offers timeless portraits that probe the ways that the powerful personalities of composers and musicians stamp an inherently abstract medium so that certain notes, songs, or choruses become instantly recognizable as the work of a certain artist. The virtuoso performance comes in the one previously unpublished essay, 'Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues,' where Ross isolates three different bass lines as they wind through music history from the 16th-century chacona, a dance that promised the upending of the social order, through the laments of Bach, opera, and finally the blues. Ross nimbly finds the common ground on which 16th-century Spanish musicians, Bach, players from Ellington's 1940 band and Led Zeppelin's bassist John Paul Jones can stand, at least momentarily. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"A celebration of what it means to be alive in a world of great music." Kirkus Reviews

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"Erudition is rarely so lightly worn." Details Magazine

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"So graceful, so pithy, so thoughtful and full of insight." Christian Science Monitor

Synopsis:

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 people how to listen.

Synopsis:

One of The Telegraphs Best Music Books 2011

Alex Rosss 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.

Synopsis:

A New and Updated Edition

Listen to This—which collects Alex Rosss finest writing for The New Yorker since 1994—is the rare book that moves across the entire landscape of music, from classical to rock and back again.  In this series of lively, erudite essays, Ross tells of his own late-blooming discovery of pop, and of how contemporary sounds relate to centuries of musical tradition.  He vividly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead; and, in a previously unpublished essay, he brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition.

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About the Author

Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. From 1992 to 1996 he wrote for the New York Times. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, became a bestseller and has been translated into sixteen languages. Selected as one of the New York Times's ten best books of year, The Rest Is Noise won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Ross has served as a McGraw Professor in Writing at Princeton University and received honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. In 2008, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. His second book, Listen to This, appeared in the fall of 2010. A native of Washington, DC, Ross now lives in Manhattan. He is married to the actor and filmmaker Jonathan Lisecki.

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Alex Ross is an engaging writer who loves to tell under-told stories. His images are gripping: in The Rest is Noise he leaves you with John (Coolidge) Adams "chipping away at the silence," but here in Listen to This there are many more: the St. Lawrence String Quartet taking classical music to inner-city schools, Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial, and John Luther Adams questing for an arctic music. Pick it up as a chance to find inspiration: maybe you want to look up late Brahms, or maybe Sonic Youth. And you can do so, since there's an online audio guide with choice clips corresponding to each chapter.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374187743
Author:
Ross, Alex
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Reference
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 Black-and-White Illustrations, Sugges
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 400 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374187743 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

If you've read Alex Ross in the New Yorker, you'll relish Listen to This. If you haven't read Ross, you're in for a treat. Exploring music from Bach to Björk, Ross writes with such refreshing honesty and contagious delight that even my favorite music sounds new again.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this brilliant collection, music critic Ross (The Rest Is Noise) utilizes a wide musical scale--classical music in China; opera as popular art; sketches of Schubert, Bjork, Kiki and Herb--as a way of understanding the world. Featuring mostly revised essays published in the span of his 12-year career at the New Yorker, Ross offers timeless portraits that probe the ways that the powerful personalities of composers and musicians stamp an inherently abstract medium so that certain notes, songs, or choruses become instantly recognizable as the work of a certain artist. The virtuoso performance comes in the one previously unpublished essay, 'Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues,' where Ross isolates three different bass lines as they wind through music history from the 16th-century chacona, a dance that promised the upending of the social order, through the laments of Bach, opera, and finally the blues. Ross nimbly finds the common ground on which 16th-century Spanish musicians, Bach, players from Ellington's 1940 band and Led Zeppelin's bassist John Paul Jones can stand, at least momentarily. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "A celebration of what it means to be alive in a world of great music."
"Review" by , "Erudition is rarely so lightly worn."
"Review" by , "So graceful, so pithy, so thoughtful and full of insight."
"Synopsis" by , 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 people how to listen.
"Synopsis" by ,
One of The Telegraphs Best Music Books 2011

Alex Rosss 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.

"Synopsis" by ,

A New and Updated Edition

Listen to This—which collects Alex Rosss finest writing for The New Yorker since 1994—is the rare book that moves across the entire landscape of music, from classical to rock and back again.  In this series of lively, erudite essays, Ross tells of his own late-blooming discovery of pop, and of how contemporary sounds relate to centuries of musical tradition.  He vividly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead; and, in a previously unpublished essay, he brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition.

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