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The Rest Is Noise is a great achievement. Rilke once wrote of how he learned to stand 'more seeingly' in front of certain paintings. Ross enables us to listen more hearingly.” ―Geoff Dyer, The New York Times Book Review

“[A] Brilliant, hugely enjoyable cultural history.” ―The Christian Science Monitor

“Ross is a surpremely gifted writer who brings together the political and technological richness of the world inside the magic circle of the concert hall, so that each illuminates the other.” ―Lev Grossman, Time

“It would be hard to imagine a better guide to the maelstrom of recent music than Mr. Ross, who worked on this book for a decade. He has an almost uncanny gift for putting music into words.” ―The Economist

The Rest Is Noise is a long and thrilling ride. . . . [Ross] writes about music in vivid language humming with intelligence. He tells great stories about musicians' lives and illuminates their work with the light of his own experiences.” ―Kevin Berger, Salon.com

“The best book on what music is about--really about--that you or I will ever own.” ―Alan Rich, LA Weekly

About the Author

Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. His first book, the international bestseller The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won a National Book Critics Circle Award. His second book, the essay collection Listen to This, received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2008 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2015.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; First edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 720 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312427719
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312427719
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.65 x 1.28 x 8.12 inches
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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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This book is great I'm sure, however the condition it was delivered to me in is quite unsatisfactory. I bought this item for the full price of a "new" book but when it arrived the spine was cracked at the bottom and there are weird smears/smudges on the spine as well, as you can see on the picture. Quite disappointing as I expected the condition of the book to match the price I paid for it and as someone who likes displaying these books I've now got a smudgy addition to my collection.
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