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 received widespread critical praise in the U.S. and Europe, garnering a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guardian First Book Award,[2] a Premio Napoli [it],[3] and the 2011 Grand Prix des Muses [fr].[4] The Rest is Noise also had a spot 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 also shortlisted for the 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction.[5]


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