John Cage

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John Cage at the Cabrillo Music Festival, 1977, photographed by Betty Freeman.
Born September 5, 1912(1912-09-05)
Los Angeles, United States
Died August 12, 1992(1992-08-12) (aged 79)
New York City, United States
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John Milton Cage, Jr. (1912–1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde.


  • On Ubuweb
  • How to Get Started, Slought and the John Cage Trust, 2010. CD with booklet. 67 min, 19 pp. [1]



  • Silence: Lectures and Writings, Wesleyan University Press, 1961, Log, ARG, IA; 50th anniv.ed., Wesleyan, 2011, PDF.
  • A Year from Monday: New Lectures and Writings, Wesleyan University Press, 1969, Log, ARG, OL.
  • Notations, New York: Something Else Press, 1969, Log, ARG.
  • Song Books (Solos for Voice 3-92), 3 vols., New York: Henmar Press, 1970, Log.
  • M: Writings ’67-’72, Wesleyan University Press, 1973, 217 pp, Log, ARG.
  • Empty Words: Writings ’73-’78, Wesleyan University Press, 1979, 187 pp, Log, ARG.
  • X: Writings ’78-’82, Wesleyan University Press, 1983, 187 pp, Log, ARG.
  • Anarchy. New York City - January 1988, Wesleyan University Press, 2001, 81 pp, PDF.


  • Scores and Prints, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1982, 6 pp, IA.


  • Richard Kostelanetz, Conversing with Cage, Routledge, 1987; 2nd ed., 2003, Log.
  • Richard Kostelanetz, "His Own Music: Ur-Conversation with John Cage", Perspectives of New Music 25:1/2 (Winter-Summer 1987), pp 88-106, & 26:1 (Winter 1988), pp 26-49, ARG/1, ARG/2.
  • with Joan Retallack, Musicage: Cage Muses on Words, Art, Music, Wesleyan University Press, 1996, Log, ARG.
  • Peter Dickinson (ed.), CageTalk: Dialogues with and about John Cage, University of Rochester Press, 2006, Log, ARG.


  • The Selected Letters of John Cage, ed. Laura Kuhn, Wesleyan University Press, 2016, 674 pp, ARG. Review: Pearlman (Leonardo).


  • John Cage: From Zero, dir. Andrew Culver and Frank Scheffer, 85 min, 1995, YouTube.
  • In The Ocean, dir. Frank Scheffer, 54 min, 2001, YouTube.
  • More


  • Barbara Rose, Not wanting to say anything about Marcel [1970], Milan: Galleria Schwarz, 1971, 4 pp, JPGs. (in Italian/French/English)
  • Michael Nyman, Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond, New York: Schirmer Books, 1974, 154 pp; 2nd ed., foreword Brian Eno, Cambridge University Press, 1999, 196 pp, Log.
  • Milan Adamčiak, et al., Hommage à John Cage, ed. Jozef Cseres, Bratislava: Slovenský rozhlas & SNEH, 1992, [28] pp. Exh. catalogue. (Slovak)/(English)
  • James Pritchett, The Music of John Cage, Cambridge University Press, 1993, 223 pp, Introduction. [2] [3] Reviews: Haskins (1996), Bernstein (1996), Brooks (1997).
  • William Fetterman, John Cage's Theatre Pieces: Notations and Performances, Harwood Academic, 1996; Routledge, 2010, PDF.
  • David W. Bernstein, Christopher Hatch (eds.), Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art, University of Chicago Press, 2001, 310 pp, PDF.
  • David W. Patterson (ed.), John Cage: Music, Philosophy, and Intention, 1933-1950, Routledge, 2002.
  • Hans-Friedrich Bormann, Verschwiegene Stille. John Cages performative Ästhetik, Munich: Fink, 2005, 272 pp, JPG, PDF. (German)
  • The Anarchy of Silence: John Cage and Experimental Art, Barcelona: MACBA, 2009, 304 pp, PDFs. Texts by Yve-Alain Bois, Branden W. Joseph, Rebecca Y. Kim, Liz Kotz, James Pritchett, Julia Robinson. (English),(Spanish),(Catalan)
  • Kyle Gann, No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33", Yale University Press, 2010, 272 pp, PDF. [4] [5] Reviews: Joseph (2010), Revill (2010), Saval (2010), Richardson (2010), Berret (2010), Lefresne (2011), Weagel (2011), Hirst (2011).
  • William Anastasi, The Cage Dialogues: A Memoir, ed. Aaron Levy, Philadelphia: Slought Books, 2011, 120 pp, PDF.
  • Peter Jaeger, John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics: John Cage and the Performance of Nature, Bloomsbury, 2013, EPUB.
  • Martin Iddon, New Music at Darmstadt: Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez, Cambridge University Press, 2013, PDF.
  • David Grubbs, Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording, Duke University Press, 2014, 248 pp, ARG.
  • Branden Wayne Joseph, Experimentations: John Cage in Music, Art, and Architecture, Bloomsbury, 2016, 232 pp. [6]


  • David Revill, The Roaring Silence: John Cage, a Life, New York: Arcade, 1992, 375 pp; 2nd ed., rev., Skyhorse, 2014, 384 pp. [7] Reviews: Driver (1993), Brooks (1997).
  • David Nicholls, John Cage, University of Illinois Press, 2007, 144 pp. [8] Review: Perry (2008).
  • Kenneth Silverman, Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, EPUB.
  • Rob Haskins, John Cage, London: Reaktion Books, 2012, 180 pp, ARG. [9] Reviews: Delaere (2013), Sealey (2013), Shultis (2014).
  • Kay Larson, Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists, Penguin, 2012, 474 pp. Review: Ratliff (2012).


  • At A John Cage Compendium, eds. Paul van Emmerik with Herbert Henck and András Wilheim: A-C, D-J, K-P, Q-Z.