The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life

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  • Paperback
  • 375 pages
  • The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life
  • David Revill
  • English
  • 03 February 2019
  • 1559702206

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The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A LifeJohn Cage Has Been Described As The Most Influential Composer Of The Last Half Of The Twentieth Century His Work And Ideas About Silence, Indeterminacy, Nonintention, Art S Role In Bringing The Everyday Object To Our Attention, The Singularity Of Performance Have Had Influence Not Only In The World Of Music But Also In Dance, Painting, Printmaking, Video Art, And Poetry As An Exponent Of Zen Buddhism Since The Early Fifties, He Has Had An Important Role In Introducing Zen Spirituality To The American Artworld And General Culture Among His Friends And Collaborators Have Been Longtime Associate Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Marcel Duchamp, Morton Feldman, Pierre Boulez, And Karlheinz Stockhausen Those Who Have Acknowledged His Influence In Their Work Range From Minimalist Composer Philip Glass To Rock Musicians David Byrne And Brian Eno The Roaring Silence Is The First Full Length Biography Of John Cage Written With Cage S Full Cooperation, It Documents His Life In Unrivaled Detail, Interweaving A Close Account Of The Evolution Of His Work With An Exploration Of His Aesthetic And Philosophical Ideas David Revill Never Assumes Specialist Knowledge On The Part Of The Reader, But Sets Cage S Work In The Context Of His Personal Development And Contemporary Culture He Draws On Numerous Interviews With Cage And His Associates Paying Due Attention To Cage S Inventions, Such As The Prepared Piano, And His Pioneering Use Of Indeterminate Notation And Chance Operations In Composition Utilizing The I Ching , Revill Also Illuminates Cage The Performer, Printmaker, Watercolorist, Expert Amateur Mycologist, Game Show Celebrity, And Political Anarchist, And Discusses His Pronouncements On Social And Environmental Issues The Biography Includes Comprehensive Chronologies Of His Musical And Visual Works Arnold Schoenberg Once Called Cage, His Former Student, Not A Composer But An Inventor Of Genius David Revill Shows How This Multifacete

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10 thoughts on “The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life

  1. Ben says:

    A thorough and engaging telling of the life and ideas of one of the most controversial and influential composers of the twentieth century.

  2. tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE says:

    Well. I know Cage s work better than most, I reckon, among those present was Andy Warhola I get a pretty good idea of how shallowly researched this bk is Carnegie Tech was in the Oakland neighbo Well. I know Cage s work better than most, I reckon, this is the only Cage bio I ve read. but I m sure every other one must be better In other words, if you want to read a Cage bio DON T READ THIS ONE Ok, we all make mistakes, but when I read stuff like Cage lectured at the Outliners Club at Carnegie Tech, Oakland, in the Bay area of California among those present was Andy Warhola I get a pretty good idea of how shallowly researched this bk is Carnegie Tech was in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh It s now Carnegie Mellon University , yes, that s where Warhol went to school b c he was from Pittsburgh Like, duh, dude reviewer s note The Outlines gallery was an independent gallery in Pittsburgh There s a bk about it Here s an excerpt from my review of that This is the history of an art gallery library theatre the bk uses British spelling here of modern art in Pittsburgh from 1941 1947 The list of people who presented work there is awe inspiring I probably wd ve been very excited to ve been alive at that time to ve been able to attend their events I love Pittsburgh every time I learnabout its history thefascinated I am The Outlines gallery was clearly a project of exceptional passion intelligence

  3. John says:

    This biography tries to present Cage, warts and all with a lot of good anecdotes, a year by year, sometimes month by month report, he did this, he did that, with enough analysis so that people can grasp his ideas For example, there are entire chapters on the meaning of Zen and the I Ching for Cage Yet there are also comments from people about these shifting tastes One of his friends said about his use of Zen He s an operator and it was the thing that was in the wind p 138 There are This biography tries to present Cage, warts and all with a lot of good anecdotes, a year by year, sometimes month by month report, he did this, he did that, with enough analysis so that people can grasp his ideas For example, there are entire chapters on the meaning of Zen and the I Ching for Cage Yet there are also comments from people about these shifting tastes One of his friends said about his use of Zen He s an operator and it was the thing that was in the wind p 138 There are aspects of his life left undiscussed Revill refuses, on p 84, to discuss a key element of Cage s life the shift from the marriage to Xenia to his partnership with Merce Cunningham and how that affected him Nonetheless I find many of the writer s quotation from others about Cage s character refreshing, like, on page 79 Cage has been described as an inveterate name dropper, and whether it implies a concern with self validation or simply pleasure at a certain quality of company a fine division in any case I also discovered how much of a self promoter Cage was The man knew how to market himself and get to know important people After reading this book, you tend to see Cage, not as the man of chance, but as a man of deliberation, carefully even meticulously choosing the people he knows, how to get his work known, selecting what is different and unusual in his work, or selecting what is in to important people he respects, and so on He often does look like an operator both in his social life and in his music.Here is Cage I didn t study music with just anybody I studied with Schoenberg I didn t study Zen with just anybody I studied with Suzuki I ve always gone, insofar as I could, to the president of the company p 109 110 Overall, I think this is an excellent first biography of Cage Revill also is careful to show the sources of many of Cage s inventions and ideas Very few, it seems, he invented I would not agree with Schoenberg that he was an inventor of genius Personally I doubt Schoenberg had any interest in what Cage was doing There are some scholars, by the way, who believe he never had private lessons with Schoenberg As long as Schoenberg was alive, Hans Keller wrote, he never mentioned Cage studying privately with him p 48 It is documented that he did attend his lectures at USC Cage seems to be someone who took ideas and developed them when others discarded them His inventions often came from the people he knew, such as Cowell, Harrison, Asian music, and so on Revill shows how Cage loved complexity, but had little talent in traditional music complexity, such as we find in Boulez and Carter So he found ways to make his own kind of complexity in method and abstraction, intentionally looking for the unusual Revill offers a good bibliography, a list of compositions by date, and a thorough index He also quotes contemporaries like Henry Cowell and other composers regarding Cage Also Revill did have access to Cage himself Kudos to Cage for letting this warts and all portrait be published The book was published in 1992, the year Cage died.Others books on Cage I enjoyed Paul Griffiths little book, Cage, is very useful I would also recommend Begin Again A Biography of John Cage by Kenneth Silverman, and No Such Thing as Silence John Cage s 4 33 by Kyle Gann

  4. Steve Sanders says:

    Good read, though at times not the most colorful or always interesting Although he is probably most famous for 4 33 , it takes a good amount of explaining tofully understand the powerful concepts he explored in his music and attitudes toward sound The explanation of the concept of indeterminacy in music is one of the newer techniques he championed, and one I wasn t exposed to back in my music conservatory days.

  5. Jon says:

    A solid overview of Cage s life, pretty good for someone that isn t exactly well versed in classical music meaning that it did a good job of explaining his works and processes without going so overboard on the theory that my eyes glazed over A really interesting guy and it makes me appreciate the polarizing effect he had even .

  6. Travis says:

    Read the first half for a project I was working on John Cage is a genius that is what you need to know We live in a world where artists try to present their art to us John Cage so expanded what art is that it is not possible to escape from it The world isbeautiful because of his work regardless of your taste.

  7. Scott Kildall says:

    Basic chronological bio The first part of his life was revelatory and his turn toward Zen Buddhism in his 40s was where 4 33 and everything else came together Cage s work continues to inspire, but I wish the author would have stepped outside the traditional bio format.

  8. Denton Peter McCabe says:

    Really couldn t get into it, but I do love John Cage Difficult to give thisthan two stars If you aren t a John Cage fan, this is going to be one tedious read.

  9. C.M. Flynn says:

    really boring.