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The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life

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The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
6307
publisher:
Arcade
genre:
Nonfiction, Music, Biography

We gave it a C

Best known for composing 4 minutes 33 seconds of silence, John Cage, who died last summer, was the preeminent avant-garde composer of postwar America. This plodding biography charts every step of his musical development but barely penetrates his psyche. A composer himself, David Revill wrote the book with Cage’s blessing but quotes him mostly from other sources and includes few comments from Cage’s collaborators, including his longtime companion, Merce Cunningham. Partially redeemed by its lucid musical explication, The Roaring Silence: John Cage: A Life is still too academic to do justice to Cage, who was open to almost anything — except pedantry. C

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