Rest Is Noise Listening to the Twentieth Century

ISBN-10: 0312427719

ISBN-13: 9780312427719

Edition: N/A

Authors: Alex Ross

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Winner of the 2007 National Book Critics CircleAward for Criticism ANew York Times Book ReviewTop Ten Book of the Year Timemagazine Top Ten Nonfiction Book of 2007 Los AngelesTimesFavorite Book of 2007 In this sweeping and dramatic narrative, Alex Ross weaves together the histories of the twentieth century and its music, from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to downtown New York in the sixties and seventies.The Rest Is Noiseis an astonishing history of the twentieth century as told through its music.
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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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