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Kay Larson

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists


Composer John Cage sought the silence of a mind at peace with itself--and found it in Zen Buddhism, a spiritual path that changed both his music and his view of the universe. "Remarkably researched, exquisitely written," "Where the Heart Beats" weaves together "a great many threads of cultural history" (Maria Popova, "Brain Pickings") to illuminate Cage's struggle to accept himself and his relationship with choreographer Merce Cunningham. Freed to be his own man, Cage originated exciting experiments that set him at the epicenter of a new avant-garde forming in the 1950s. Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Allan Kaprow, Morton Feldman, and Leo Castelli were among those influenced by his 'teaching' and 'preaching.' "Where the Heart Beats "shows the blossoming of Zen in the very heart of American culture.

Format: Paperback
Published: in USA in 2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Pages: 474
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780143123477
ISBN 10: 0143123475
Edition: Reprint

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Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists