The Rest Is Noise

Listening to the Twentieth Century

By Alex Ross
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312427719, 684pp.)

Publication Date: October 14, 2008

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"Winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle ""Award for Criticism
""A "New York Times Book Review "Top Ten Book of the Year
"Time "magazine Top Ten Nonfiction Book of 2007
"Newsweek" Favorite Books of 2007
""A" Washington Post Book World "Best Book of 2007
In this sweeping and dramatic narrative, Alex Ross, music critic for "The New Yorker," 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 up to the present. Taking readers into the labyrinth of modern style, Ross draws revelatory connections between the century's most influential composers and the wider culture. "The Rest Is Noise" is an astonishing history of the twentieth century as told through its music.

About the Author
Alex Ross, music critic for "The New Yorker," is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for music criticism, a Holtzbrinck Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre, and a Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center for significant contributions to the field of contemporary music. "The Rest Is Noise "is his first book.
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