Take a journey inside the labyrinth of modern music, from turn-of-the-century Vienna to downtown New York in the '60s and '70s. Meet the maverick personalities and follow the rise of mass culture on this sweeping tour of 20th-century history through its music. If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, then Alex Ross, the classical music critic of the New Yorker, is Nureyev with a notebook.
Celebrated film historian Peter Biskind chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and their champions: Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival and the Weinsteins’ Miramax Films. He profiles the people who took the indie film movement from obscurity to the Oscars. Candid, penetrating and controversial, Down and Dirty Pictures is a must-read for film fans.