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Twentieth-Century American Masters
John Kirkpatrick
0393315886
Nov 1997
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Companion to John Cage
David Nicholls (Editor)
0521783488
August 2002
Hardcover
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Review
'... find this collection of 14 essays an amiable and accessible companion ... this delightful and informative book.' BBC Music Magazine

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"These essays ... represent a significant contribution to understanding the uniqueness of Cage. Highly recommended." Choice

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The Cambridge Companion to John Cage
David Nicholls
0521789680
Aug 2002
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Review
'... find this collection of 14 essays an amiable and accessible companion ... this delightful and informative book.' BBC Music Magazine

Review
"These essays ... represent a significant contribution to understanding the uniqueness of Cage. Highly recommended." Choice

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Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg
Calvin Tomkins
0312425856
November 2005
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Review
"I commend Calvin Tomkins, as Bernard Berenson did Vasari, for 'being a singularly warm, generous, and appreciative critic.'"--The New York Times Book Review

"As chronicler of the avant-garde for The New Yorker, Calvin Tomkins has specialized in rendering the esoteric doings of artists comprehensible."--The Washington Post Book World


Satie Seen Through His Letters
Ornella VOLTA
071452980X
June 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
This whimsical book about the eccentric Parisian composer Erik Alfred Leslie Satie (1866-1925) confirms his position as one of the most bizarre personalities in music history. Gathered by a determined iconographer, the director of the Satie Foundation in Paris, and arranged somewhat chronologically by topic, such as "Friends," and "Lawsuits," these letters to Cocteau, Debussy, Milhaud, Picasso, Ravel and Stravinsky, among others, many of which have not been previously published, give us a picture of Satie the friend, student, neighbor, composer and musical influence, and of the only adherent to a religion that he founded. Illustrated with line drawings by Cocteau, Magritte and Picasso, as well as Satie's own musical scores and logos, this book will entrance and delight those interested in Parisian cultural life...


The Window at St. Catherine's
John F. Dobbertin
0595369219
August 2005
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Book Description
If the fates had been just a shade different, we might all be flying to-and-from Cullerton International instead of O’Hare International. This is the incredible story of Bill Cullerton, a leading United States Army Air Force ace in World War Two. Few could have survived the harrowing ordeal he experienced. Here is a tale of salmon fishing, war, survival and friendship. This is the true story of The Window at St. Catherine’s. ***** The Waffen-SS officer takes Bill’s gun, jams it against his right side just under his rib cage. “For you the war is over,” the Waffen-SS officer says. He pulls the trigger. ***** “The window at St. Catherine’s is really a grabber…‘hanging on every word’ is a cliché so I won’t use it, but it is a good read—solidly and well...


Boulez-Cage Correspondence
Jean-Jacques Nattiez (Editor)
0521485584
January 1995
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From Library Journal
This small but heavily annotated correspondence between French composer Pierre Boulez and recently deceased American composer John Cage contains letters dating from 1949 to 1954, as well as supplementary documents. The age difference between the two men is apparent, and the older Cage often assumes the role of teacher and mentor. The letters contain no striking personal revelations, but they record the activities and musical ideas of the composers, who at the time were moving in different directions. Often technical, the letters contain graphs and tables of sounds, durations, amplitudes, and more. The friendship between the composers later cooled, but these documents provide a historical record of the musical climate during the era of their relationship. Recommended for academic libraries.-- Debora Richey,...


Silence
John Cage
0819560286
Jan 1961
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Book Description
Silence, A Year from Monday, M, Empty Words and X (in this order) form the five parts of a series of books in which Cage tries, as he says, to find a way of writing which comes from ideas, is not about them, but which produces them. Often these writings include mesostics and essays created by subjecting the work of other writers to chance procedures using the I Ching (what Cage called writing through).

From the Publisher
7 x 8 1/4 trim. LC 61-14238

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John Cage at Seventy-Five
Richard Fleming
0838751563
Dec 1989
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Conversing with Cage
Richard Kostelanetz
0415937914
December 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Conversing with Cage draws on over 150 interviews with John Cage conducted over four decades to draw a full picture of his life and art. Filled with the witty aphorisms that have made Cage as famous as an esthetic philosopher as a composer, the book offers both an introduction to Cage's way of thinking and a rich gathering of his many thoughts on art, life, and music.
John Cage is perhaps this century's most radical classical composer. From his famous "silent" piece (4'33") to his proclamation that "all sound is music," Cage stretched the aesthetic boundaries of what could be performed in the modern concert hall. But, more than that, Cage was a provocative cultural figure, who played a key role in inspiring scores of other artists-and social philosophers-in the second half of the 20th century. Through his...


The Roaring Silence
David Revill
1559702206
Nov 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this sympathetic biography, the late avant-garde composer John Cage is acclaimed as "a man of joyous integrity" who leaned toward the ascetic and the transcendent. Photos. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Arnold Schoenberg referred to the recently deceased Cage as "an inventor--of genius," and indeed he was, as manifested through his musical and visual compositions. Avant-garde is a term that comes to mind when considering his complex gifts. Always the optimist, Cage focused throughout his life on an astonishing assortment of endeavors. Besides his never-ending quest toward perfection of sound (including a unique realization of silence), Cage delved into such eclectic areas as Eastern philosophy, edible wild foods (particularly the...


Conversing with Cage
Richard Kostelanetz
0415937922
November 2002
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Book Description
Conversing with Cage draws on over 150 interviews with John Cage conducted over four decades to draw a full picture of his life and art. Filled with the witty aphorisms that have made Cage as famous as an esthetic philosopher as a composer, the book offers both an introduction to Cage's way of thinking and a rich gathering of his many thoughts on art, life, and music.
John Cage is perhaps this century's most radical classical composer. From his famous "silent" piece (4'33") to his proclamation that "all sound is music," Cage stretched the aesthetic boundaries of what could be performed in the modern concert hall. But, more than that, Cage was a provocative cultural figure, who played a key role in inspiring scores of other artists-and social philosophers-in the second half of the 20th century. Through his...


Sparrowhawk Book One: Jack Frake
Edward Cline
1931561214
July 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in 1740s England, this enthralling first installment in a projected four-book cycle about the American Revolution introduces the main character of the series, young Jack Frake. Clever, observant and fiercely loyal, Jack gets himself noticed by Rector Robert Parmley, who decides to tutor the boy, but Jack's mother has other plans plans that lead to the murder of Parmley and Jack's running away from home. He eventually gets a job in a pub in the seaside town of Gwynnford and, after an impulsive act of bravery, he ends up in the company of the notorious Augustus Skelly and his lieutenant Redmagne leaders of a group of men who believe that the government of England is too intrusive. Cline presents these rogues as believably libertarian ancestors of the Founding Fathers. Through crisp informative dialogue, he lays...


The Canary: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet
Diane Grindol
1582450188
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
The pet bird population continues to rise and bird fanciers love canaries. As clearly demonstrated by Tweetie, canaries are fun–but they're also beautiful birds that are available in a variety of stunning colors. This book will provide new canary owners with everything they need to know to properly house, feed and maintain the health of their bird.

From the Back Cover
At last, a book with a new approach to your pet that emphasizes total care and companionship! You'll not only discover the specific traits of various species of canaries, you'll also learn what the world is like from your canary's perspective; how to keep your bird healthy; proper canary nutrition; and how to enjoy your bird through activities that you can do together. The Canary is written...


Talking Music: Conversations with John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and 5 Generations of American Experimental Composers
William Duckworth
0306808935
April 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Duckworth, a music professor at Bucknell, is a composer himself, which helps when talking to avant-garde composers about their works. His book consists of lengthy, original interviews with 17 of them, beginning with the granddaddy of them all, John Cage, who died three years ago at 80, and concluding with John Zorn, who is barely into his 40s. The profiles are sympathetic, informed and lucid, teasing a remarkable quantity of information, even emotion, out of people whose music, to a majority of listeners, must seem remote or perverse. Most of the composers?experimentalists, minimalists, performance artists?describe years of experimentation, often in conditions of adversity and poverty, before having achieved their signature forms and styles. They have a great deal in common: few of them are remotely interested in...

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