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Jean-Luc Godard
John Cage's reach extended well beyond experimental music
John Cage's reach extended well beyond experimental music

John Cage's ideas have long inspired artists inside and outside the experimental music subculture. Besides new-music figures considered disciples or associates — Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman and David Tudor, for example — he had an effect on the most famous rock band of all time: Paul McCartney became interested in Cage in 1966, and the chaotic orchestration of the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" is thought to have derived from Cage's ideas, as had several of John Lennon's songs during the band's last years, including "Revolution 9," with its debt to Cage's notions of randomness. Musicians further on the edge —...

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