The Rest Is Noise

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The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
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First edition (US)
AuthorAlex Ross
CountryUnited States
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux, Picador, 4th Estate
Publication date
October 2007
Media typePrint
AwardsNational Book Critics Circle Award (2007), Guardian First Book Award (2007), Premio Napoli [it] (2010), Grand Prix des Muses
LC Classn2017003448

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century is a 2007 nonfiction book by the American music critic Alex Ross, first published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.[1] It recounts the history of European and American music, starting in 1900, and highlights many examples.[2] According to Grove Music Online, the book was intended to "open musical discourse to the broader educated public".[2]

It received widespread critical praise in the U.S. and Europe, garnering a National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism,[3][4][5] a Guardian First Book Award,[6] a Premio Napoli [it],[7] and the 2011 Grand Prix des Muses [fr].[8] The Rest is Noise was also on the New York Times list of the ten best books of 2007 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The book was shortlisted for the 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction.[9]


  1. ^ Ross, Alex (2008). The Rest Is Noise. London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-1-84115-475-6.
  2. ^ a b Andrea F. Bohlman (20 January 2016) [26 November 2013]. "Ross, Alex". Grove Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.A2289326.
  3. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces 2007 Award Winners". the American Booksellers Association. 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  4. ^ "2007 NBCC Winners Announced". National Book Critics Circle. 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  5. ^ Rich, Motoko (2008-03-07). "National Book Critics Circle Awards". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  6. ^ "Guardian first book award: all the winners". the Guardian. 7 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Premio Napoli 2007-2011 - Fondazione Premio Napoli". Fondazione Premio Napoli.
  8. ^ "Grand prix des Muses 2011 à Alex Ross pour "The Rest is Noise" - Actes Sud".
  9. ^ "BBC Four - 2008 Shortlist for Samuel Johnson Prize".

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