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 In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history - from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin - through a few iconic bass lines of celebration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