For the Birds: John Cage in Conversation with Daniel Charles
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For the Birds: John Cage in Conversation with Daniel Charles

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The New Grove Dictionary of Music has said of John Cage that he "had a greater impact on world music than any other American composer in the twentieth century," and his musical thinking forms a whole with his writing. For the Birds is a book, a dialogue and an event all at once. The initial conversations were recorded in France between 1968 and 1978 and were then reconstru...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (first published 1981)
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Evan Cordes
A sprawling work full of answers and questions. The re-translation makes it feel a bit less like Cage speaking. But his voice definitely comes through.
Stuart Estell
A fascinating set of interviews. Cage the political thinker is perhaps a bit muddled but he's never less than interesting.
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John Milton Cage Jr. was an American composer, philosopher, poet, music theorist, artist, printmaker, and amateur mycologist and mushroom collector. A pioneer of chance music, electronic music and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He...more
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