Listen to This

ISBN-10: 0312610688
ISBN-13: 9780312610685
Edition: 2011
Authors: Alex Ross
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Description: A New and Updated Edition Listen to This--which collects Alex Ross's finest writing for The New Yorkersince 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

A New and Updated Edition Listen to This--which collects Alex Ross's finest writing for The New Yorkersince 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and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Bjork and Radiohead; and, in a previously unpublished essay, he brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history--from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin--through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and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 Thisshows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition.

Alex Ross was born in 1968. He attended St. Alban's School in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Harvard University in 1990. It was there that he studied under composer Peter Lieberson and was a D.J. on the classical and underground rock departments of the college radio station. He earned a Harvard A.B. in English summa cum laude for a thesis on James Joyce. From the years, 1992-1996, Alex Ross was a music critic at the New York Times. He also wrote for the New Republic, Slate, and The London Review of Books. In 1993 he started contributing to The New Yorker and became a staff writer in 1996. In 2007 his released his first book in the U.S. entitled The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, a cultural history of music since 1900. This book received widespread crritical praise in the U.S. and earned a National Book Critics Circle Award, a spot on New York Times list of the ten best books of 2007, and a finalist citation for the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction. His second book - Listen to This- was published in September 2010. Alex Ross has also received a Holtzbrink fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.

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