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A “heroic” biography of John Cage and his “awakening via Zen Buddhism”—“one of those love tale” a few sensible American pioneer of the inventive arts who remodeled himself and his tradition (The New York Times)

Composer John Cage sought the silence of a thoughts at peace with itself—and located it in Zen Buddhism, a religious trail that modified each his tune and his view of the universe. “Remarkably researched, exquisitely written,” Where the Center Beats weaves in combination “a super many threads of cultural historical past” (Maria Popova, Brain Pickings) to light up Cage’s fight to just accept himself and his courting with choreographer Merce Cunningham. Freed to be his personal guy, Cage originated fun experiments that set him on the epicenter of a brand new avant-garde forming within the Nineteen Fifties. Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Allan Kaprow, Morton Feldman, and Leo Castelli had been amongst the ones prompted by means of his ‘instructing’ and ‘preaching.’ Where the Center Beats shows the blossoming of Zen within the very Center of American tradition.

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