Silence: Lectures and Writings

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Wesleyan University Press, 1961 - Art - 276 pages
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John Cage is the outstanding composer of avant-garde music today. The Saturday Review said of him: “Cage possesses one of the rarest qualities of the true creator- that of an original mind- and whether that originality pleases, irritates, amuses or outrages is irrelevant.” “He refuses to sermonize or pontificate. What John Cage offers is more refreshing, more spirited, much more fun-a kind of carefree skinny-dipping in the infinite. It’s what’s happening now.” –The American Record Guide

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot. Sounds occur whether intended or not; the psychological turning in direction of those not intended seems at first to be a giving up of everything that belongs to humanity. But one must see that humanity and nature, not separate, are in this world together, that nothing was lost when everything was given away.”
 

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i once had a dream that i found a hardcover john cage book in a used bookstore, and the moment i picked it up, i felt a profound, beyond bone-deep sense that this was The One, The Book. it was one of ... Read full review

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User Review  - jruthe2 - LibraryThing

If you're interested in contemporary art or experimental music, this book is a necessity. It's only a collection of essays, I often just open it up and read a random piece of writing. I have yet to be let down. It is both intrigueing and eye-opening. Read full review

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His teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, said JOHN CAGE was "not a composer but an inventor of genius." Composer, author, and philosopher, John Cage was born in Los Angeles in 1912 and by the age of 37 had been recognized by the American Academy of Arts for having extended the boundaries of music.

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