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‘Alex Ross's incredibly nourishing book will rekindle anyone's fire for music.’ Björk
‘One of the best living writers about rock .’ Steven Poole, Guardian ‘Picks for 2008’
‘A superb and inclusive account by a champion of modern music.’ Sunday Times
'Puts the history back into music and the music back into history. Alex Ross's brave avoidance of musical notation and brilliant use of metaphorical and descriptive language, means that The Rest is Noise grapples with the actual stuff of music as few other books have done. And if you want to hear the sounds themselves, you can always go to his website at www.therestisnoise.com and listen.' TLS
'Print is silent. Which is why the task of writing about music is so difficult. I should therefore probably explain that the noise you now ought to be hearing is the sound of my hands as they stop typing and start applauding this vital, engaging, happily polyphonic book.' Peter Conrad, Observer
‘This is a long book and a slow read: slow not because it is especially difficult, but because it is full of material you really need to savour. It is the superb selection of image and anecdote that makes this book work so well. Best of all are the moments when Ross really strikes you dumb with wonder, moments when the author's passion for the supreme significance of music raises his erudition to a new level. Warm, joyful and unfailingly adroit in his evocation of music in words – Ross, with this book, establishes himself as the supreme champion of modern music. Read this and listen.’ Sunday Times
'Ross will whisk you on to the fast–moving train that was 20th–century music; he will fascinate, challenge and delight you, but above all he will never, ever patronise you.' Stephen Pritchard, Observer Music Monthly--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am not competent to discuss the musical aspects of the book per se, having little knowledge beyond the profound influence modern classical music has had on some of my favourite... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. G. Morgan
Very detailed account of 20th century western art music, with lots of background information.
A bit too much about politics for my taste, though I do appreciate that much of... Read more
Alex ross treats what would usually be seen as a rather sophisticated topic with a popular and even radical touch and anyone with a basic musical knowledge will find the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by gorki
sadly the author is rather uninformed about MUSIC, so he packed the book with lots of what he probably thinks is factual research and is dismissive about some of the more crucial... Read morePublished 12 months ago by aiya
An outstanding and detailed account of composition in the 20th century. I am a professional commentator on music, but this carried information that I've never met before. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shikisha