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

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

David W. Bernstein and Christopher Hatch

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226044071

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


This volume looks at the creative work of the great avant-gardist John Cage from an exciting interdisciplinary perspective, exploring his activities as a composer, performer, thinker, and artist. The chapters in this collection grew out of a pivotal gathering during which a spectrum of participants including composers, music scholars, and visual artists, literary critics, poets, and filmmakers convened to examine Cage's extraordinary artistic legacy. Beginning an introductory chapter on the reception of Cage's music, the volume addresses topics ranging from Cage's reluctance to discuss his homosexuality, to his work as a performer and musician, and his forward-looking, provocative experimentation with electronic and other media. Several of the chapters draw upon previously unseen sketches and other source materials. Also included are transcripts of lively panel discussions among some of Cage's former colleagues.

Table of Contents


David W. Bernstein

Four Cage as Performer

Gordon Mumma

Five As Time Passes

Deborah Campana

Seven Here Comes Everything

Paul Van Emmerik

Eight Cage's Influence

Gordon Mumma (chair), Allan Kaprow, James Tenney, Christian Wolff, Alvin Curran, and Maryanne Amacher

Nine Cage and the Computer

James Pritchett (chair), James Tenney, Andrew Culver, and Frances White

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