Wednesday, October 31, 2007

'Noise' in progress

I'm one-third of the way through Alex Ross' The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. I've read enough to say that it's the best book-form writing on modern music since Vol. 5 of Richard Taruskin's Oxford History of Western Music, and that Ross may be the first (in print, at least) to liken Stravinsky's rhythmic sensibility to Bo Diddley's.

But I'm not going to speed-read just to pile another hallelujah onto the chorus. Ross has given enough thought to the subject to warrant returning the favor.