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Introduction

David W. Bernstein

in Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780226044071
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044873 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226044873.003.0001
Introduction

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This book highlights the works of John Cage, who is known as a tireless provocateur and propagandist for a small community of avant-garde musicians, artists, and writers. Today his work is recognized around the world. A major landmark in Cage scholarship was constituted in the conference entitled “Here Comes Everybody: The Music, Poetry, and Art of John Cage,” which took place at Mills College in Oakland, California from November 15 to 19, 1995. Cage came to terms with his homosexuality through Zen Buddhism at the same time that he developed an artistic philosophy based upon the negation of self-expression. Gordon Mumma, a composer and performer who collaborated with Cage at a time when both worked with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, documents aspects of Cage's activities as a performer. Though, the scope and influence of Cage's activities are far too extensive to address, but this book describes the importance of his creative activities in a variety of fields.

Keywords: John Cage; propagandist; avant-garde; self-expression; musicians; composer; Gordon Mumma

Chapter.  2553 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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