01. February 2010 · Comments Off on Listen To This · Categories: Books

I have a habit of finishing books in hotels. I sent off The Rest Is Noise from the downtown Omni in Los Angeles; Listen To This, which Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish at the end of September, went forth last week from a Marriott in Park City, Utah. The new book is a panoramic collection of musical essays, taking in Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Brahms, Marian Anderson, Frank Sinatra, Cecil Taylor, Led Zeppelin, Björk, Radiohead, Mitsuko Uchida, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Luther Adams, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Bob Dylan, and the Malcolm X Shabazz High School Marching Band. In the Preface, I say that the aim is to “approach music not as a self-sufficient sphere but as a way of knowing the world.”

I’m definitely looking forward to Alex Ross’s new book!


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