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John Cage: A multimedia appreciation on his 100th birthday
John Cage: A multimedia appreciation on his 100th birthday

What Jean-Luc Godard is to film and Marcel Duchamp was to the visual arts, John Cage was to music -- a radical experimentalist who constantly sought to reinvent the art form. Boldly conceptual -- and to many, frustratingly impenetrable -- his pieces stand among the most important works of music created in the 20th century. Cage was born 100 years ago Wednesday in Los Angeles. His father, John, was an inventor, and his mother, Lucretia, held an editing job at the Los Angeles Times. The young Cage studied at UCLA under Arnold Schoenberg and later embarked on an international career, settling eventually in New York. His formidable body of work can often seem forbidding. His output was broad...

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