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  • Merce Cunningham's 'Roaratorio'

    Merce Cunningham's 'Roaratorio'
    In fall 1986, as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, John Cage delivered, in his uniquely spoken-sung fashion, poetic texts he had derived from James Joyce's readably unreadable comic novel "Finnegans Wake." Irish musicians...
  • Book review: 'Common as Air' by Lewis Hyde

    Book review: 'Common as Air' by Lewis Hyde
    Common as Air Revolution, Art and Ownership Lewis Hyde Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 306 pp., $26 The late Jack Valenti, who was Hollywood's ubiquitous lobbyist for four decades, fully agreed that copyright terms should be limited. The proper term, he...
  • Notes on a Year: Mark Swed on classical music

    Notes on a Year: Mark Swed on classical music
    "In the Middle Ages," Sara Maitland writes in her brilliant "A Book of Silence," "Christian scholastics argued that the devil's basic strategy was to bring human beings to a point where they are never alone with their God, nor ever attentively face to...
  • Fall preview: books

    Fall preview: books
    Fall, it seems, starts earlier every year. Certainly, that's true of publishing: Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" — arguably the big book of the season — has been a topic of discussion since mid-August, while other anticipated titles (Tom...
  • Book Review: 'The Art of Cruelty'

    Book Review: 'The Art of Cruelty'
    The Art of Cruelty A Reckoning Maggie Nelson W.W. Norton: 304 pp., $24.95 From a movie billboard in her Los Angeles neighborhood to the Italian Futurists, Maggie Nelson swings her lively gaze across a century's worth of art and culture in "The Art...
  • 'The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde' edited by David W. Bernstein

    'The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde' edited by David W. Bernstein
    The San Francisco Tape Music Center 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde Edited by David W. Bernstein University of California Press/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 336 pp., $65 THERE was a time when the zeitgeist used to get bashed about...
  • 'The Rest Is Noise, Listening to the Twentieth Century' by Alex Ross

    [This Book Review originally ran in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 11, 2007] A unified, comprehensive history of 20th century music is the philosopher's stone of modern criticism: How to transmute such vast, maddening complexity into conceptual gold? It's...
  • Betty Freeman dies at 87; art philanthropist and photographer

    Betty Freeman dies at 87; art philanthropist and photographer
    Betty Freeman, a fiercely independent philanthropist and photographer often described as a Medici for contemporary classical music, who supported a Who's Who of modern composers, including John Cage, Philip Glass, Pierre Boulez and John Adams, died...
  • Merce Cunningham dies at 90; revolutionary choreographer

    Merce Cunningham dies at 90; revolutionary choreographer
    Merce Cunningham, arguably the greatest, most pioneering and widely influential contemporary choreographer of the past half-century, has died. He was 90. A seminal artist whom fellow choreographer Bill T. Jones called "the champion in the struggle to...
  • Artist mixed paint, sculpture, cast-offs

    Artist mixed paint, sculpture, cast-offs
    Robert Rauschenberg, the protean artist from small-town Texas whose imaginative commitment to hybrid forms of painting and sculpture changed the course of American and European art between 1950 and the early 1970s, died Monday night, according to New...
  • Music review: John Cage amid the Rauschenbergs

     
    John Cage never tired of describing art as imitating nature in the manner of her operation, an idea he got from Indian philosophy. Accepting the sounds of the environment, he also explained, allowed him to enjoy sounds of the city.......