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Alex Ross - Author

About the Author

Alex Ross has been the music critic of the 'New Yorker' since 1996. From 1992 to 1996 he wrote for the 'New York Times'. His first book, 'The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century', published in 2007, was awarded the Guardian First Book Award and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer and Samuel Johnson prizes. In 2008 he became a MacArthur Fellow. A native of Washington, DC, he now lives in Manhattan.

Featured books by Alex Ross

The Rest is Noise Listening to the Twentieth Century

The Rest is Noise Listening to the Twentieth Century

Author: Alex Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/12/2008

The inspiration behind the South Bank Centre's year-long festival of 20th century music, Alex Ross's masterpiece is a sweeping musical history from pre-war Vienna to the Velvet Underground. The landscape of twentieth-century classical music is a wild one: this was a period in which music fragmented into apparently divergent strands, each influenced by its own composers, performers and musical innovations. In this comprehensive tour, Alex Ross, music critic for the 'New Yorker', explores the people and places that shaped musical development: Adams to Zweig, Brahms to Bjork, pre-First World War Vienna to 'Nixon in China'. Winner of the Guardian First Book Award, this unique portrait of an exceptional era weaves together art, politics and cultural history to show how twentieth-century classical music was both a symptom and a source of immense social change.

Other books by Alex Ross

Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross

Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross

Author: Alex Ross, Chip Kidd Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2018

The best-loved comic characters in the world - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the JLA and many more - are all brought to life by the number one fan-favourite artist working in the medium today, the incomparable Alex Ross. With a new jacket and an additional 16 pages, this book reveals Ross's lifelong love of these classic superheroes and his vision - combining his dynamic art with Chip Kidd's kinetic design. Step into the studio for a behind-the-scenes look at his creative process, with hundreds of never-before seen sketches, limited edition prints, and prototype sculptures. It also has 32 pages of exclusive new material centring on Ross's startling new comic series, Justice , written by Jim Kreuger, with Ross painting over Doug Braithwaite's pencils!

Marvelocity The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross

Marvelocity The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross

Author: Alex Ross, Charles Kidd Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2018

The Art Of Marvel Vol.1

The Art Of Marvel Vol.1

Author: Alex Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2018

Dynamite Art of The Shadow

Dynamite Art of The Shadow

Author: Alex Ross, Howard Chaykin, Matt Wagner, John Cassaday Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2017

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Dynamite knows! Since 2002, The Shadow has been an integral part of Dynamite Entertainment's publishing line, a relentless force of justice haunting the shelves of comic shops each and every month. Over the years, dozens of highly skilled artists have drawn and painted the crime-fighter, as well as his signature cloak, slouched hat, and twin .45 semi-automatic pistols. The Dynamite Art of The Shadow celebrates the timelessness of a pulp fiction icon, as captured by the comic industry's most acclaimed talents: Alex Ross, Howard Chaykin, Matt Wagner, John Cassaday, Francesco Francavilla, Tim Bradstreet, Wilfredo Torres, Chris Samnee, Jason Shawn Alexander, and many more.

Rest is Noise

Rest is Noise

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2017

Eine glänzende Erzählung lässt uns die Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts über seine Musik neu erleben. Alex Ross, Kritiker des "e;New Yorker"e;, bringt uns aus dem Wien und Graz am Vorabend des Ersten Weltkriegs ins Paris und Berlin der Goldenen Zwanzigerjahre, aus Hitler-Deutschland über Russland ins Amerika der Sechziger- und Siebzigerjahre. Er führt uns durch ein labyrinthisches Reich, von Jean Sibelius bis Lou Reed, von Gustav Mahler bis Björk. Und wir folgen dem Aufstieg der Massenkultur wie der Politik der Massen, den dramatischen Veränderungen durch neue Techniken genauso wie den Kriegen, Experimenten, Revolutionen und Aufständen der zurückliegenden 100 Jahre. "e;Eine unwiderstehliche Einladung, sich mit den großen Themen des 20. Jahrhunderts zu beschäftigen."e; Fritz Stern

Jsa Omnibus Vol. 3

Jsa Omnibus Vol. 3

Author: Alex Ross, George Perez, Geoff Johns Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2015

Known for his groundbreaking work on Green Lantern over a decade ago, Geoff Johns brought the Justice Society of America characters once rooted in the Golden Age of comics back to the forefront of graphic storytelling. Mixing younger, edgier characters with the elder statesmen of superheroes, Johns brought the JSA back to the forefront of the comics in what became the industry's best-selling comic series. Collected here are JSA #76-87, Justice Society of America #1-28, Justice League of America #8-10, Justice Society of America Annual #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: Superman #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1, and JSA Kingdom Come Special: The Kingdom #1.

Justice, Inc. Volume 1

Justice, Inc. Volume 1

Author: Alex Ross, Michael Uslan, Giovanni Timpano Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2015

A historic crossover seventy-five years in the making! The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Avenger, the three iconic crime-fighters first introduced in the pulp magazines of Street & Smith Publications, come together for the first time ever to avert global catastrophe! Out of tragedy, a hero is born... and an alliance formed! When an airliner carrying industrialist Richard Henry Benson and his family disappears, it's the first strike in a secret cabal's master plan for world conquest. As genius adventurer Doc Savage and brutal vigilante The Shadow attempt to avert disaster with their science and bullets, Benson rises from the ashes with a fearsome new identity: The Avenger. Can three men of contrasting ideology and methodology cast aside their inherent differences and band together to conquer the overwhelming threat of the Voodoo Master and his mysterious allies?

Bjoerk Archives

Bjoerk Archives

Author: Alex Ross, Nicola Dibben, Timothy Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2015

Bjoerk is a contemporary icon whose contributions to music, video, film, fashion and art have influenced a generation worldwide. Here, now, is the ultimate celebration of this multimillion-selling superstar. Designed by top design studio M/M (Paris) as a slipcased world of wonders, this publication - which accompanies spring's exhibition on Bjoerk at The Museum of Modern Art - is composed of six parts: four booklets, a paperback and a poster. Each booklet contains illustrated texts by, respectively, Klaus Biesenbach, Alex Ross, Nicola Dibben and Timothy Morton, while the poster features artwork of Bjoerk's albums and singles. The main book focuses on her seven major albums - Debut, Post, Homogenic, Vespertine, Medulla, Volta and Biophilia - and the personas created for each one. Poetic texts by longtime collaborator, Icelandic poet Sjon, are accompanied by shots of Bjoerk performing live; multiple stills from music videos made by directors including Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham and Spike Jonze; images of Bjoerk in breathtaking costumes by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan; and shots by star photographers such as Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller, Stephane Sednaoui, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, and Araki. All combine to form an extraordinary visual masterpiece, celebrating the magical world of Bjoerk.

Rest Is Noise Series: Sunken Cathedrals: Music at Century's End

Rest Is Noise Series: Sunken Cathedrals: Music at Century's End

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2013

This is a chapter from Alex Ross's groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, 'The Rest is Noise'. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.How can composition in the twentieth century be summarised? Styles of every description - minimalism, post-minimalism, electronic music, laptop music, Internet music, appropriations of rock, pop and hip-hop, experimental folkloristic music in Latin America, the Far East, Africa and the Middle East - jostle against each other, none gaining supremacy. 'The Rest is Noise' has been an aerial tour of this ever-changing landscape.Now a major festival running throughout 2013 at London's Southbank, The Rest is Noise is an intricate commentary not just on the sounds that defined the century, but on art's troublesome dance with politics, social and cultural change.Alex Ross is the New Yorker's music critic, and the winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Rest is Noise, which was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson and Pulitzer prizes for non-fiction.

Rest Is Noise Series: The Golden Age: Strauss, Mahler, and the Fin de Siecle

Rest Is Noise Series: The Golden Age: Strauss, Mahler, and the Fin de Siecle

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2013

This is a chapter from Alex Ross's groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, 'The Rest is Noise'. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.The years before WWI were a golden age for German and Austrian classical music. The story of this period - and a way of life soon to end - is told through the intertwined careers of the two titans of early twentieth-century composing, Strauss and Mahler.Now a major festival running throughout 2013 at London's Southbank, The Rest is Noise is an intricate commentary not just on the sounds that defined the century, but on art's troublesome dance with politics, social and cultural change.Alex Ross is the New Yorker's music critic, and the winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Rest is Noise, which was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson and Pulitzer prizes for non-fiction.

Rest Is Noise Series: Doctor Faust: Schoenberg, Debussy, and Atonality

Rest Is Noise Series: Doctor Faust: Schoenberg, Debussy, and Atonality

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2013

This is a chapter from Alex Ross's groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, 'The Rest is Noise'. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.Profiling Debussy and Schoenberg, two of the century's earliest innovators, Ross traces the development of atonality, and with it the reinvention of Western harmonic tradition.Now a major festival running throughout 2013 at London's Southbank, The Rest is Noise is an intricate commentary not just on the sounds that defined the century, but on art's troublesome dance with politics, social and cultural change.Alex Ross is the New Yorker's music critic, and the winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Rest is Noise, which was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson and Pulitzer prizes for non-fiction.

Rest Is Noise Series: Dance of the Earth: The Rite, the Folk, le Jazz

Rest Is Noise Series: Dance of the Earth: The Rite, the Folk, le Jazz

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2013

This is a chapter from Alex Ross's groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, 'The Rest is Noise'. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.Against the background of the carnage and upheaval of WWI, Europe saw the violent birth of a new musical avant-garde. Ross examines the search for novelty and authenticity by Stravinsky, Ravel, Bartok and Janacek.Now a major festival running throughout 2013 at London's Southbank, The Rest is Noise is an intricate commentary not just on the sounds that defined the century, but on art's troublesome dance with politics, social and cultural change.Alex Ross is the New Yorker's music critic, and the winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Rest is Noise, which was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson and Pulitzer prizes for non-fiction.

Rest Is Noise Series: Invisible Men: American Composers from Ives to Ellington

Rest Is Noise Series: Invisible Men: American Composers from Ives to Ellington

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2013

This is a chapter from Alex Ross's groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, 'The Rest is Noise'. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.Tracing the development of the American avant-garde, Ross examines the crucial influence of African-American musicians on the classical establishment, the dawn of the Jazz age, and the forging of a new and uniquely American classical idiom.Now a major festival running throughout 2013 at London's Southbank, The Rest is Noise is an intricate commentary not just on the sounds that defined the century, but on art's troublesome dance with politics, social and cultural change.Alex Ross is the New Yorker's music critic, and the winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Rest is Noise, which was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson and Pulitzer prizes for non-fiction.

Rest Is Noise Series: Apparition from the Woods: The Loneliness of Jean Sibelius

Rest Is Noise Series: Apparition from the Woods: The Loneliness of Jean Sibelius

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2013

This is a chapter from Alex Ross's groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, 'The Rest is Noise'. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.Jean Sibelius hailed from the 'small nation' of Finland. Working in isolation, far from the great artistic capitals of Europe, Ross shows how Sibelius's reinvention of classical forms went on to set the pace for classical composers around the world.Now a major festival running throughout 2013 at London's Southbank, The Rest is Noise is an intricate commentary not just on the sounds that defined the century, but on art's troublesome dance with politics, social and cultural change.Alex Ross is the New Yorker's music critic, and the winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Rest is Noise, which was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson and Pulitzer prizes for non-fiction.

The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross

The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross

Author: Alex Ross, Alex Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/12/2011

Alex Ross has made his home at Dynamite Entertainment for the past several years with the creation of his own universe in Project Superpowers. Having produced many other illustrations for Dynamite comic books like Green Hornet and Vampirella, and having reunited with his Marvels collaborator, Kurt Busiek, with Kirby: Genesis, there can be no argument that Alex Ross is as popular and dynamite as ever! Collecting all of Alex's Dynamite cover and interior art in one complete hardcover volume, along with commentary and special bonus material, this is a package not to be missed!

Listen to This

Listen to This

Author: Alex Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

Includes a new chapter on John Cage. Alex Ross's award-winning international best-seller, `The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century', has become a contemporary classic, establishing him as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians; this is his much anticipated next book on the subject of music. In `Listen To This' Alex Ross, the music critic for the New Yorker, looks both backwards and forwards in time, capturing essential figures and ideas in classical music history, as well as giving an alternative view of recent pop music that emphasizes the power of the individual musical voice. After relating his first encounter with classical music, Ross vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews wth modern pop masters such as Bjork and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and to indie-rock hipsters in Beijing. In his essay `Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues', Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history - from Renaissance dance to Led Zeppelin - through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross writes in a style at once erudite and lively, showing how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. He explains how pop music can achieve the status of high art and how classical music can become a vital part of the wider contemporary culture. Witty, passionate and brimming with insight, `Listen to This' teaches us to listen more closely.

Project Superpowers: Black Terror Volume 3: Inhuman Remains

Project Superpowers: Black Terror Volume 3: Inhuman Remains

Author: Alex Ross, Phil Hester, Wagner Reis, Jackson Herbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2011

Spinning out of Alex Ross' Project Superpowers is the third arc in the Black Terror saga! Collecting Black Terror issues #10-14, along with a complete cover gallery.

Listen To This

Listen To This

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 25/11/2010

In Listen to This, Alex Ross, the music critic for The New Yorker, looks both backward and forward in time, capturing essential figures and ideas in classical-music history as well as giving an alternative view of recent pop music that emphasizes the power of the individual musical voice in whatever genre. In Listen to This, Alex Ross will combine a selection of his New Yorker essays with new material that will serve as an introduction to some basic classical-music concepts and figures and will give an alternative view of recent pop music. It will demonstrate the essential equality of great musical creators in whatever genre. It begins with 'Listen To This', his most famous New Yorker essay, an autobiographical account of his early passion for classical music and belated discovery of pop music in college. It sets forth the themes of the book as a whole: how classical music can become a vital part of wider contemporary culture, how it can survive and even prosper in the face of proclamations of its decline.There follows a new essay tracing the history of the chacona, a dance form based on a descending bass line, which originated as an erotic Afro-Caribbean dance in the sixteenth century, then migrated to Europe and inspired such Baroque masterpieces as Bach's Chaconne in D minor, and later found echoes in the bass lines both of twentieth-century classical masterpieces and African-American blues. Led Zeppelin's 'Dazed and Confused' and Bob Dylan's 'Simple Twist of Fate', among other songs, extend the principle. This chapter develops, in a less personal way, the themes of 'Listen to This', and serves as a kind of whirlwind tour of five centuries of music history. Third in the introductory section is 'The Record Effect,' an account of technology's impact on pop and classical music.

Listen to This

Listen to This

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2010

One of The Telegraph's Best Music Books 2011 Alex Ross's award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross 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 describes his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of his 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 Bjork and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and 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 more closely.

Project Superpowers Chapter 2 Volume 1

Project Superpowers Chapter 2 Volume 1

Author: Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, Edgar Salazar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2010

Get caught up with Alex Ross' Project Superpowers: Chapter 2 for just $9.99! Overseen again by Alex Ross, who plots and art directs the entire Project Superpowers universe, writer Jim Krueger returns for Chapter Two, as the pair of all-star creators are joined by Edgar (Death Defying 'Devil) Salazar! Following in the wake of the events that transpired in Chapter 1, the newly returned heroes have set out on a quest to use their newfound freedom to return the world to the power of the people, while facing the shadowy Supremacy and the unlikely foes of the Inheritors! Collecting Project Superpowers: Chapter 2 issues #0-6 in one trade paperback collection.

Project Superpowers: Meet The Bad Guys

Project Superpowers: Meet The Bad Guys

Author: Alex Ross, Joe Casey, Jonathan Lau, Mike Lilly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2010

This special story by Alex Ross and Joe Casey invites you to Meet the Bad Guys! As the Golden Age heroes return, the villains rise! Illustrated by Jonathan Lau, Mike Lilly, and others, and featuring the Green Lama and the debut of Blood Lust, this collection spinning out of Alex Ross' Project Superpowers includes character sketches and a complete cover gallery.

Uncle Sam Deluxe HC

Uncle Sam Deluxe HC

Author: Alex Ross, Steve Darnall, Alex Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2009

Written by Steve Darnall and Alex Ross Art and cover by Alex Ross The most eloquent use of a super-human archetype for a great many years, Darnall and Ross have with UNCLE SAM produced a luminous and moving study of America's iconographic landscape . . . - Alan Moore Alex Ross illustrates a vibrant, hallucinatory tour of modern America as seen through the eyes of a homeless man who may be the living spirit of America in this new hardcover edition of a Vertigo classic. With dynamic painted art by Alex Ross, UNCLE SAM is the story of a star-spangled vagrant clad in red, white and blue, guided by the voices in his head and his own fractured memories. Absorbed by history-traveling visions of America's dark past, Uncle Sam struggles to piece together the scattered clues of his own experiences in this deep and thoughtful look at America's checkered past. Advance-solicited; on sale June 10 * 7.0625 x 10.875 , FC, 128 pg, $19.99 US Mature Readers

The Rest is Noise Listening to the Twentieth Century

The Rest is Noise Listening to the Twentieth Century

Author: Alex Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/12/2008

The inspiration behind the South Bank Centre's year-long festival of 20th century music, Alex Ross's masterpiece is a sweeping musical history from pre-war Vienna to the Velvet Underground. The landscape of twentieth-century classical music is a wild one: this was a period in which music fragmented into apparently divergent strands, each influenced by its own composers, performers and musical innovations. In this comprehensive tour, Alex Ross, music critic for the 'New Yorker', explores the people and places that shaped musical development: Adams to Zweig, Brahms to Bjork, pre-First World War Vienna to 'Nixon in China'. Winner of the Guardian First Book Award, this unique portrait of an exceptional era weaves together art, politics and cultural history to show how twentieth-century classical music was both a symptom and a source of immense social change.

Kingdom Come {New Edition}

Kingdom Come {New Edition}

Author: Alex Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2008

Written by Mark Waid Art and cover by Alex Ross Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Ross provides an amazing new cover painting for this new edition of KINGDOM COME, which features a deluxe foldout cover only on its first printing! (Subsequent printings will not include the foldout.) Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Ross, this is the unforgettable, best-selling tale of a world spinning inexorably out of control. Waid and Ross weave a tale of youth versus experience, tradition versus change, and what defines a hero. KINGDOM COME is a riveting epic that pits the old guard - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their allies - against a new, uncompromising generation of heroes. Advance-solicited; on sale September 10 * 232 pg, FC, $17.99 US

Rest Is Noise

Rest Is Noise

Author: Alex Ross Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2007

The scandal over modern music has not died down. While modern paintings by Picasso and Pollock sell for a hundred million or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences; yet the influence of modern sound can be felt everywhere. Alex Ross, music critic for the New Yorker, shows how modern music has pervaded every corner of twentieth-century life. The Rest Is Noise takes the listener inside the labyrinth of modern sound, from turn-of-the-century Vienna to bohemian Paris, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to downtown New York in the sixties and seventies. We meet the maverick personalities who have defied the classical past, and we follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics on this sweeping tour of twentieth-century history as told through its music.

Justice HC Vol 03

Justice HC Vol 03

Author: Alex Ross, Doug Braithwaite, Alex Ross, Jim Krueger Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2007

Written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross Art by Doug Braithwaite & Ross Cover by Ross The final hardcover volume of the lushly illustrated maxiseries by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite collects issues #9-12! The Super-Villains' plot to exploit the innocent thickens as the heroes discover that it may even affect their comrades, colleagues and co-combatants! Guest-starring Black Adam, the Marvel Family, Doom Patrol, the Metal Men, the Titans, Supergirl and more!

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