Listen to This

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HarperCollins Publishers, Nov 25, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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In Listen to This, the award-winning music critic and author of The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross looks forward and backward in musical culture: capturing essential figures in classical music history, as well as giving an alternative view of recent pop music.

From his own first encounter with classical music to vibrant sketches of Schubert, Verdi and Brahms; from in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead to the lives of a high school’s music students, Ross shows how music can express the full complexity of human experience. He explains how pop music can achieve the status of high art and how classical music can become a vital part of wider contemporary culture.

Witty, passionate and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches us to listen more closely.

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User Review  - harrietbrown - LibraryThing

Alex Ross is a stellar writer, and I'm willing to bet he's a great musician, too. This book of essays is based on articles he wrote for the New Yorker and the New York Times from the late 1990's ... Read full review

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

A hit and miss collection, which isn't too surprising, given the range and my own peculiarities as a reader. The first, manifesto-like piece is very entertaining: say no to Classical Music, yes to ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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, published in 2007, was awarded The Guardian First Book Award and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer and Samuel Johnson prizes. In 2008 he became a MacArthur Fellow. A native of Washington, DC, he now lives in Manhattan.

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