Listen to This

  • by Alex Ross
  • Narrated by Alex Ross
  • 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history - from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin - through a few iconic bass lines of celebration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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- RatesnTaste


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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- Jason Anschutz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2010
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio