The author of the excellent book "The Rest Is Noise" is publishing a new book this month called "Listen To This". Alex has written extensively about Björk and her music, an excellent article in The New Yorker to name one.
He says of the book: "It offers a panoramic view of the musical scene, from Bach to Björk and beyond. In the Preface, I say that the aim is to "approach music not as a self-sufficient sphere but as a way of knowing the world." I treat pop music as serious art and classical music as part of the wider culture; my hope is that the book will serve as an introduction to crucial figures and ideas in classical music, and also give an alternative perspective on modern pop."
This is probably the "must" read of the autumn. Highly recommended.
Alex's website is therestisnoise and to this book specifically is here.