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The Rest Is Noise
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century | Alex Ross
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The scandal over modern music has not died down. While paintings by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences. At the same time, the influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalist music has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward. Alex Ross, the brilliant music critic for The New Yorker, shines a bright light on this secret world, and shows how it has pervaded every corner of twentieth century life. The Rest Is Noise takes the reader inside the labyrinth of modern sound. It tells of maverick personalities who have resisted the cult of the classical past, struggled against the indifference of a wide public, and defied the will of dictators. Whether they have charmed audiences with the purest beauty or battered them with the purest noise, composers have always been exuberantly of the present, defying the stereotype of classical music as a dying art. Ross, in this sweeping and dramatic narrative, takes us 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. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of dramatic new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, riots, and friendships forged and broken. In the tradition of Simon Schama's The Embarrassment of Riches and Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club, the end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.
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mklinkenborg
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Some of my favorite books. Day 3 of 7: The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross
#books #library #nonfiction #music #favoritebooks

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LauraBeth
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These two picks from Michael are new to me and both seem interesting: Jerzy and The Rest Is Noise

Notafraidofwords Of course he would pick a Faulkner book because that‘s exactly what the people need recommending. 2y
emilyhaldi Is Michael lightening up his reading these days?? 2y
LauraBeth @Notafraidofwords 😂 I know, right? I love Faulkner but it‘s only because I had a wonderful Lit Professor in college who guided me through his books. I‘ve never causally recommended Faulkner to anyone. 2y
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LauraBeth @emilyhaldi 😂 that‘s what I was wondering too. 2y
Bks4Wrms These “Michael” posts always make me giggle. 😂 2y
DebinHawaii Go Michael!! 👍👍😆 2y
LeahBergen What‘s up with Michael?? 2y
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NotAJot
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Any other #Sibelius fans out there? I heard one of my favourite ever performances of his 2nd Symphony last night in London... #magic

Louise That must have been AMAZING! Lucky you! 2y
Cathythoughts Wow looks spectacular 🎉✨✨✨ 2y
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Even though I was a music major I had not learned about half the music in this book. Alex Ross can tell such compelling stories about music and history! One of the non-fiction books I recommend most to people. @Booksandcooks #5555giveaway

Megabooks Cool! 3y
Tamra I was a music major too! 👍🏾 I will share with my husband, he teaches music history. Thanks! (edited) 3y
Tamra He agrees with you, it's a fantastic book and he follows Ross' blog too. 3y
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ReadingEnvy @Tamra the first time I read it I listened to every piece mentioned! It took forever. 3y
LauraBrook Dang, now I want to immediately start reading this (off of my shelves, wallet is thankful) and listen to everything as the author goes along! Stupid adulting gets in the way of all the fun stuff. 3y
ReadingEnvy @LauraBrook I have it all in a Google doc somewhere, I will look! 3y
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Pat1287
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my reading during this end of the year...an incredible history of XX century through its music...with the sound of pink floyd's lp, the endless river ❤...

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