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Silence: Lectures and Writings, 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – October 26, 2011
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This book goes a long way towards explaining that. And in many ways, this book stands apart from his music, and can be enjoyed without ever hearing or knowing of Cage's music pieces. Because the music was almost by accident - Schoenberg told Cage that he was an inventor, not a composer, and this book demonstrates that, and goes further to show Cage was a philosopher. Music just happened to be the medium where he best expressed his philosophy, but it could have been painting or film, depending on his path. The book defines a way of living and thinking and seeing, and of course hearing, the world. That's what it's about. And it's beautiful and gentle quality capture the essence of Cage, a true quiet revolutionary. His revolution was profound, and best expressed in his piano piece 4'33", where the pianist does not make a sound at the instrument. The revolution of that event was the most profound and destabilizing in the history of music, and yet it was entirely silent. Such is the power of Cage's ideas that he has no need to really 'lecture' about them, he merely presents them and let's their own strength do the rest.
It's just a remarkable text.
You have to get it.
what are publishers thinking?!?! PLEASE put some more effort into creating e-reader versions: or at least warn the buyer ahead of time that most e-reader functionality will be unavailable.
okay, rant over. enjoy the book, it's life-changingly wonderful!!!
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A terrific collection - I find myself returning to it again and again - always making new discoveries and insights.Published 8 months ago by Jeffrey Schmidt
John Cage is a philosopher in some sense: although he would be disdainful of the title, some of his insights are wonderful and informative, not just for a music lover but as... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Orlando Ocampo
The most important work by one of the most important figures of the 2oth century
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Cage suggests we choose chaos over control, intuition over logic, freedom over attachment, chance over deliberation, and anarchy over tradition. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Larry Ellingson
The book itself is great, but it has some huge formatting issues. Half of the page is blank (I assume this is intentional, though I haven't seen a physical copy to confirm), and as... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Jay Page
A critique makes as much sense as trying to explain what a tree looks like to another person with the tree standing in front of both of them. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Lee