THE ROARING SILENCE ~ John Cage: A Life

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Title
THE ROARING SILENCE ~ John Cage: A Life
author David Revill
ISBN 106107
Language English
Category Entertainment & Sports
Publisher Arcade Publishing
Pages 375
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

 Published to accompany with the 80th altogether of the arguable beat composer, Revill's diffuse adventures of John Cage may prove as abstruse to readers as the composer's agreeable abstracts accept accepted to concert-goers over the years. Curiously bashful in presenting the capacity of his subject's claimed activity (Cage's homosexuality is agilely dismissed, for example, as ``not important accustomed the aims of this book''), Revill, a British musicologist, composer, and musician, devotes folio afterwards folio to the development of Cage's awful beatnik methods of composition. For readers who are neither able musicians nor able-bodied abreast in math, these continued passages will prove abundant going. Cage himself, moreover, isn't a decidedly ambrosial protagonist, advancing off actuality as pontifical, intolerant, and emotionally alone yet accustomed to chichi enthusiasms (the I Ching, alimentative diets, acupuncture, McLuhan's ``global village''). And abundant of his writing, at atomic as presented by Revill, has qualties of hand-me-down Gertrude Stein. During his continued career, Cage has associated with such abstracts as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Marcel Duchamp, Igor Stravinsky, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono. But in Revill's hands, these personalities abide sketchy, asleep walk- ons in a anecdotal blimp with lists of music festivals, bookish seminars, and claimed appearances that accommodate little acumen into Cage's activity or world. Revill swings from near-hagiography to decidedly edgeless criticism; neither cuts the mustard. (Thirty-six b&w photographs- -not seen.)

In honor of Cage's eightieth birthday, this full-length study of the influential American composer celebrates John Cage's contributions to modern music, analyzes influences on his art, and places his life an work within the context of twentieth-century art.

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