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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.

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Other books by Alex Ross

Project Superpowers Omnibus Vol. 3: Heroes and Villains

Project Superpowers Omnibus Vol. 3: Heroes and Villains

Author: Alex Ross, Joe Casey, Phil Hester, J. T. Krul Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2019

Collects four graphic novels featuring your favorite Superpowers characters; The Death Defying Devil, The Owl, Masquerade, and more. Also includes the Project Superpowers Free Comic Book Day comic and the Project Superpowers Xmas special. 448 pages for one great price.

Marvels Postcard Book

Marvels Postcard Book

Author: Alex Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2019

Earth X Trilogy Omnibus: Omega

Earth X Trilogy Omnibus: Omega

Author: Alex Ross, Jim Krueger Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2019

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!

Dynamite Art of The Shadow

Dynamite Art of The Shadow

Author: Alex Ross, Howard Chaykin, Matt Wagner, John Cassaday Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2017

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.

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!

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.

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