A Biography of John Cage
by Kenneth Silverman
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Born in 1912, John Cage studied briefly with Arnold Schoenberg and went on to create a musical vocabulary all his own, experimenting with radio static, randomly generated sounds, even silence. Kenneth Silverman's new biography, BEGIN AGAIN (Knopf, October), studies the man, his music, and his role in a vibrant interdisciplinary arts community that included his partner, dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham.
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