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wouldn't be without it
on 1 December 2009
I have had this book for many years and return to it again and again whenever I want inspiration and a broad panoramic view that has no truck with opinions and viewpoints.
It is one of the great delights of my life to have actually met this remarkable man and it would not be overstating the case to call him a sage. As Robert Rauschenberg was breaking the ground in painting so John Cage was producing his wake up calls in music that bore no resemblance to the conventions of the past.
Influenced profoundly by Zen Buddhism John Cage produced these lectures and talks over many years and delivered them in much the same way as they are produced in the book, stage managed sometimes to the second and as will be seen sometimes with long pauses and various other tongue in cheek approaches. His talks in the book are interspersed with amusing anecdotes from his life.
The book in so many ways reflects the man as he was, a reluctance to impose views, a highly original and exploratory nature that went into the depths of life, of music, of art and of spiritual development.