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John Cage: I Have Nothing To Say and I Am Saying It

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John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It

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Allan Miller
Vivian Perlis
Documentary, musical

We gave it an A-

For the late composer John Cage, the goal of art was ”not self-expression but self-alteration. If we can begin to like what we did dislike, then the world is more open. No sound is not musical.” As a conceptualist, Cage’s influence was profound, affecting artists working not just in so-called serious music but in pop music, jazz, dance, and visual arts. In I Have Nothing To Say and I Am Saying It, the definitive video portrait by producer-writer Vivian Perlis and coproducer-director Allan Miller, Cage makes his case, aided by admirers including Yoko Ono and dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham. All that’s missing are the voices of those sharply critical of Cage; he would have welcomed hearing them, too. A-