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John Cage Was

byJames Klosty

Hardcover | October 31, 2014

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It is difficult to imagine a world without John Cage. His playful, challenging spirit remains pervasive—a formative force in the lives of those in the forefront of today’s arts. This special book combines iconic photographs of Cage by James Klosty with eclectic testimony the author commissioned from people the world over, each asked to contribute their thoughts on Cage’s influence on their lives and work with one-hundred-word statements. These remembrances range from humorous to reverent, and are from artists including Laurie Anderson, John Ashbery, Gavin Bryars, Jasper Johns, Harry Mathews, Meredith Monk, Mark Morris, Ron Padgett, Yoko Ono, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Reich, Peter Sellars, Stephen Sondheim, Twyla Tharp, Michael Tilson Thomas, Anne Waldman, Robert Wilson, and many more.

The evocative duotone photographs show John Cage alone and in association with Merce Cunningham, Marcel Duchamp, Octavio Paz, Aaron Copland, and many others. The book provides public and private glimpses into the man who transformed chance from an inescapable inevitability of life into disciplined creativity through music, writing, philosophy, printmaking, and, on the largest scale of all, living. John Cage Was gives us a privileged view of an irreplaceable man who had few enemies and innumerable disciples.
JAMES KLOSTY is a photographer, actor, and devoted organic gardener. He is the photographer/author of Merce Cunningham, and his work has been shown at the Leo Castelli Gallery and the ICP/International Center of Photography. Klosty lives in Millbrook, New York.
Title:John Cage WasFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 11.25 × 12.3 × 1.14 inPublished:October 31, 2014Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0819575046

ISBN - 13:9780819575043

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Table of Contents

Contributors of 100 Word Statements:
John Luther Adams
Laurie Anderson
John Ashbery
Mary Bauermeister
Jamshed Bharucha
Carolyn Brown
Kathan Brown
Gavin Bryars
Sylvano Bussotti
Alexina “Teeny” Duchamp
Douglas Dunn
Richard Fleming
Monique Fong
Lucas Foss
Kyle Gann
Kenneth Goldsmith
David Gordon
Michael Gordon
Richard Hamilton
Melissa Harris
Deborah Hay
Paul Hillier
Alberto Ibargüen
Jasper Johns
Alain Jouffroy
Alex Julyan
Ray Kass
Kenneth King
Alison Knowles
Laura Kuhn
Joan La Barbara
Jack Lenor Larsen
Alvin Lucier
Judith Malina
Harry Mathews
Meredith Monk
Stephen Montague
Rick Moody
Mark Morris
Gordon Mumma
Pauline Oliveros
Yoko Ono
Ron Padgett
Steve Paxton
Octavio Paz
Yvonne Rainer
Steve Reich
Frederic Rzewski
Joel Sachs
Paul Sadowski
Eric Salzman
R. Murray Schafer
Peter Schickele
Peter Sellars
Nadia Sirota
Stephen Sondheim
Elizabeth Streb
Twyla Tharp
Michael Tilson Thomas
Salomé Voegelin
Anne Waldman
Robert Whitman
Robert Wilson

Editorial Reviews

“Of course Cage was photographed all his life and was a wonderful subject, but Klosty seems to have had a special rapport with him. This might be because he seems, like Cage, to be a man with boundless enthusiasm and zest for life … His joy, humor, and love almost burst forth from his short introduction.”—American Record Guide