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Listen to This

De : Alex Ross
Lu par : Alex Ross
Durée : 14 h et 31 min

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Alex Ross’s award-winning international best seller, The Rest Is Noise, has become a contemporary classic, establishing him as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross described his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of Ross’s writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker.

These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history - from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin - through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. He vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters, such as Björk and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and to indie-rock hipsters in Beijing.

Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches us how to listen.

©2010 Alex Ross (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

Critiques

"In this brilliant collection, music critic Ross (The Rest Is Noise) utilizes a wide musical scale - classical music in China; opera as popular art; sketches of Schubert, Bjork, Kiki and Herb - as a way of understanding the world." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Jason Anschutz
  • 10/07/2015

Educational!

I had to read this for a college music and culture class. The book displays more knowledge than I thought. This book is strongly recommended for any student, musician, or instructor wanting to know a rooted history of music education from Bach to Bob Dylan. This book has it all!

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  • M. Jones
  • 22/02/2018

Even BETTER as an Audiobook!

If you could sum up Listen to This in three words, what would they be?

Alex Ross Rocks.
If you love reading about music - classical and otherwise - there is no better music writer than Alex Ross (and I say that as someone who is actually married to a music writer). After each chapter I wanted to immediately listen to the pieces he discussed. The audiobook is ideal because he sometimes includes examples of the pieces (which could also be found on his website, but this makes it so much easier!).

What was one of the most memorable moments of Listen to This?

I loved the Radiohead chapter and found myself even more obsessed with Jonny Greenwood after listening.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to start on The Rest is Noise! I own both (physical) books, but after such a pleasant listening experience, I believe I'll be listening to that as well!

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  • Eric Wright
  • 02/03/2018

Good writing, terrible reading

This book was recommended in a really fantastic podcast I listened to about gated reverb and music in the 80s. The actual content is interesting and well thought , albeit a bit stuffy as though it were attempting to be academic but in fact is very editorial. But dear god, the narration is so boring. It's very monotone with only a vague attempt to add inflection. I might just buy a physical copy.

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  • RatesnTaste
  • 27/01/2016

interesting

this isn't a story, or an account of history. it's just this guys experiences and ideas of interesting musicians that he's studies or worked with, from bjork to brahms to Radiohead to John Adams. it's nice that it had sound clips of some of the music.

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  • Marek Zajac
  • 19/09/2019

A collection of articles in book form with dry and bored-sounding delivery

The author does warn us at the beginning, but this is just a collection of articles in book form, so there is no continuity or attempt to construct a fuller argument throughout the book.

As such, the deconstructions and reflections on an eclectic range of musics, musicians and composers are very hard to penetrate to the naive reader.

Also the performance is dry and the reader sounds bored himself, so it’s hard to stay engaged with the stories.

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  • rfranzen
  • Amsterdam, Niederlande
  • 03/04/2011

perfect balance between personal and historical view on music

excellent! RossŽ personal history of listening to music (childhood and youth: listening to classical music, late dedication to popular music) perfectly balanced with a broader and often surprising view on music. this balance together with his pleasant voice and pointed style of writing provide a feeling of easy-listening while you are digging into the most different examples of music. In comparison to "The rest is noise" the book appears less systematic, since examples might be mentioned more according to the succession of his personal interests, but yet in my eyes this personalized guidance through the book makes it highly accessible for whomever is interested in music or wants to become it.