Silence: Lectures and Writings Paperback – 31 Dec 1994
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"Of all Cage's books, it is perhaps the first, Silence, which has had the broadest impact. Even now, artists of all sorts continue to respond to its Zen principles, its chance procedures, and its revolutionary ideas about sound, silence, form, and time"--Dance Chronicle
"SILENCE starts with the finest dedications of modern times--'To Whom It May Concern'--and past that you embark on one of the most entertaining and rewarding intellectual voyages that contemporary literature affords."--Alfred Frankenstein, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most entertaining and rewarding intellectual voyages that contemporary literature affords."--San Francisco Chronicle
"As the unchallenged father figure of American experimental music, Mr. Cage wields an influence that extends far beyond sound alone....Indeed, the entire American avant-garde would be unthinkable without Mr. Cage's music, writings, and genially patriarchical personality."--John Rockwell, The New York Times
Silence is a collection of some of the essays and lectures that have made John Cage''s name synonymous with all that is unpredictable and exciting in contemporary music.'See all Product description
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Typically cryptic, frustrating and inspiring in equal measures - but like all good works it makes you think and ponder the world :)
idealistic whippersnapper, John Cage's 'Silence', a
collection of his lectures and writings, has found its
way back once again into my hairy paws. The intervening
four-and-a-bit decades have done little to diminish its
many charms. (My first encounter with the book in the
local public library resulted in my renewing it repeatedly
for several months until I had absorbed and digested
almost every single word!)
Whether or not you have an appetite for Mr Cage's
uncompromising sonic contributions to the listening world
there is much, nonetheless, to be enjoyed within these pages.
His playful and mercurial nature is evident throughout.
Whether in dense, partly chance-determined, narrative
constructions such as the infuriatingly single-minded
'Composition As Process' and '45' For A Speaker'; or the
delighfully anecdotal stories organised into the temporal
structure of 'Indeterminancy' ( A work he also recorded with
his friend the pianist David Tudor and available on the
Smithsonian Folkways label) his vision is never less than clear.
His thoughts on the development of "experimental" music in the
US, as a challenge to Europe's Second Viennese School legacy
are as refreshingly confrontational as they are enlightening!
A highly stimulating read for anyone with an open mind and ears.
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.