The Rest Is Noise

The Rest Is Noise

Listening to the Twentieth Century

Book - 2007
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The scandal over modern music has not died--while paintings by Picasso and Pollock sell for millions of dollars, works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences. Yet 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. Music critic Alex Ross shines a bright light on this secret world, taking us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to New York in the sixties and seventies. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, and riots. The end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374249397
0374249393
Characteristics: xiv, 624 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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noisyflowers Sep 10, 2014

A work of tremendous courage, beauty and generosity. A gift to all music lovers.

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debiddo
Aug 24, 2012

A new classic. Thoroughly researched and excellently organized. It makes the often dry and inscrutable topic of 20th century music enjoyable. It had a good balance between pure biography of the major figures and writing about the works they created and the times/events in which they worked. Excellent prose.

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