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Alex Ross was born in 1968. He attended St. Alban's School in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Harvard University in 1990. It was there that he studied under composer Peter Lieberson and was a D.J. on the classical and underground rock departments of the college radio station. He earned a show more Harvard A.B. in English summa cum laude for a thesis on James Joyce. From the years, 1992-1996, Alex Ross was a music critic at the New York Times. He also wrote for the New Republic, Slate, and The London Review of Books. In 1993 he started contributing to The New Yorker and became a staff writer in 1996. In 2007 his released his first book in the U.S. entitled The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, a cultural history of music since 1900. This book received widespread crritical praise in the U.S. and earned a National Book Critics Circle Award, a spot on New York Times list of the ten best books of 2007, and a finalist citation for the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction. His second book - Listen to This- was published in September 2010. Alex Ross has also received a Holtzbrink fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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The Best American Essays 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 291 copies
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Contributor — 276 copies
The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker (2021) — Contributor — 92 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 60 copies
Best Music Writing 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 34 copies

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The Rest is Noise #2 in Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple (December 2012)
The Rest is Noise #1 in Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple (June 2012)
Getting ready for The Rest Is Noise in Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple (April 2012)

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Pretty good collection of previously published articles. Radiohead and Bjork but also interesting classical folks I hadn't previously heard of.
 
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squealermusic | 12 other reviews | Mar 16, 2023 |
Great read. So much music to listen to off the back of this.
 
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Crokey20 | 54 other reviews | Feb 24, 2023 |
I've always been pretty dubious about music of the 20th century and usually come at it with some trepidation and prepare to not like it. A friend read this and I decided to give it a read to try and be a bit more open minded. I think he changed my mind somewhat on the pre-WWII music but I remain unchanged on post WWII and especially into the 60s and 70s. Nothing he said made me want to listen to any of the music despite his obvious praise and fondness. However, the overall book was both well-written and informative and despite dragging at the end for me, with music I cared nothing about, it was well worth the read. Also, Pierre Boulez sounds like a difficult bully.… (more)
 
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amyem58 | 54 other reviews | Sep 20, 2022 |
Alex Ross faz muito bem o que se propõe - introduzir artistas musicais de modo que sejamos compelidos a conhecê-los ou revisitá-los. Ele o faz com uma mistura de crônica de encontros, notas sobre a vida e personalidade, menções rápidas ao contexto e situações outras, mais comentários musicais pontuais, vindos de seu trabalho como crítico, geralmente enfatizando pontos de interesse e conexões entre a música de concerto e formas mais pop ou vice versa. Nessas jornadas, tenta mostrar o apelo que a música tem e surgem adjetivos que tentam dar conta do impacto - a música afinal fala aos sentimentos. Nessa jornada, há uma introdução sobre seu projeto de aproximação entre o clássico e o pop e também uma interessante peça investigativa sobre como a chacona passa de dança espanhola animada a um símbolo musical do desastre iminente, da idade média européia ao rock'n'roll setentista. De resto, fala de Dylan, Brahms, Bjork, Verdi, Schubert, Radiohead, entre outros (a ambiguidade da música clássica na china, divas da música operática, espaços para o aprimoramento musical nos EUA). Acompanha um site com exemplos, reforçando o convite ao aumento de repertório. No todo, tudo isso é bom e agradável, mas talvez, pra mim, um pouco a mais. Negativamente, o gosto operático do autor não me é compartilhado, e certamente a música clássica contemporânea que ele divulga me soa açucarada demais, condizente ao nome um pouco oximorônico; por vezes me soa como empregando formas que se diluem em alguma nuance de sofisticação.… (more)
 
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