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The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life

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by David Revill
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The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life by David Revill

John Cage was one of the most innovative and important composers of the twentieth century. He influenced not only contemporaries but also younger generations, including artists from Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley to the Beatles, Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, Sonic Youth, and Radiohead. His work and ideas have reached beyond the world of music to dance, painting, video art, printmaking, and poetry, and he remains a defining force in the whole climate of contemporary culture. Among experimental artists of the twenty-first century, it would be difficult to list any not influenced by Cage.

The Roaring Silence was first published in 1992, intended to coincide with John Cage's eightieth birthday. The first full-length biography of this American master, it was written with his full cooperation. Now expanded and revised in the light of fresh reflections and new research, it documents Cage's life in unrivaled detail, interweaving a close account of the evolution of his work with an exploration of his aesthetic and philosophical ideas. While paying close attention to Cage's inventions, such as the prepared piano, and his pioneering use of indeterminate notation and chance operations in composition (utilizing the I Ching), David Revill also illuminates Cage the performer, print maker, watercolorist, expert mycologist, game show celebrity, political anarchist, and macrobiotic cook.

Arnold Schoenberg once called Cage “not a composer, but an inventor—of genius." The Roaring Silence celebrates the life and work of this true American original.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 384
Size: 1.5 MB
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9781628723960 (DRM-EPUB)

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