The Rest is Noise

The Rest is Noise

Alex Ross
780.904 Ros

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.—Publisher



“An engaging survey of the most tumultuous century in the history of Western Classical music by the most accessible music critic of our time. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the symphony, sonata, or opera, this book has the answers!”—Submitted by Grier C., Associate Director