Begin Again

A Biography of John Cage
Silverman, Kenneth (Book - 2010)
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John Cage was a man of extraordinary and seemingly limitless talents: musician, inventor, composer, poet. He became a central figure of the avant-garde early in his life and remained at that pinnacle until his death in 1992 at the age of eighty. Now award-winning biographer Kenneth Silverman gives us the first comprehensive life of this remarkable artist. We follow Cage from his Los Angeles childhood—his father was a successful inventor—through his stay in Paris from 1930 to 1931, where immersion in the burgeoning new musical and artistic movements triggered an explosion of creativity in him and, after his return to the States, into his studies with the seminal modern composer Arnold Schoenberg. We see Cage’s early experiments with sound and percussion instruments, and watch as he develops his signature work with prepared piano, radio static, random noise, and silence. We learn of his many friendships over the years with other composers, artists, philosophers, and writers; of his early marriage and several lovers, both female and male; and of his long relationship with choreographer Merce Cunningham, with whom he would collaborate on radically unusual dances that continue to influence the worlds of both music and dance.

Drawing on interviews with Cage’s contemporaries and friends and on the enormous archive of his letters and writings, and including photographs, facsimiles of musical scores, and Web links to illustrative sections of his compositions, Silverman gives us a biography of major significance: a revelatory portrait of one of the most important cultural figures of the twentieth century.

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Traces the life and achievements of the post-war avant-garde musician and composer, his California childhood with his inventor father, his experiments with sound, and his relationships with fellow artists.

& Taylor

Traces the life and achievements of the post-war avant-garde musician and composer, providing coverage of his California upbringing by his inventor father, his experiments with sound and his relationships with fellow artists. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lightning Man.

Authors: Silverman, Kenneth
Statement of Responsibility: Kenneth Silverman
Title: Begin again
a biography of John Cage
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 483 p. : ill., music ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [415]-454) and index
Contents: Comes up famous
The art of noise
East and West
Music of changes
The ten thousand things
Empty words
Apartment house
Changes and disappearances
Time brackets
Anarchic harmony
Subject Headings: Composers United States Biography Cage, John
Topical Term: Composers
Alternate Title: John Cage, a biography
LCCN: 2010009525
ISBN: 1400044375
Branch Call Number: B Cage S
Research Call Number: JNE 10-344
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