Loving Portraits: James Klosty's John Cage Was

January 16, 2015 10:54 PM

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A highly social individual, as well as one of the most influential experimental composers and theoreticians of the postwar period, John Cage touched the lives of many important artists, influencing their work, their process, or simply their memory. It is this aspect of Cage, the impact he had on others, which is investigated in a recent book of photographs and reflections, John Cage Was, photographed and edited by James Klosty, published by Wesleyan University Press.

Despite the many mischaracterizations and misunderstanding of his work, John Cage has come to be seen, especially by those in the avant garde music and art worlds, as especially important. He is famous for his experimental music and for his use chance operations to create something wholly new with a...

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