Cage lived the last 50 years of his life in New York, personifying the city’s avant-garde. He wrote the music for which he is known there and died in Manhattan in 1992.
But the voluminous Cage literature has underestimated or glossed over the degree to which his revolutionary ideas had their origins in the singular and sometimes outlandish L.A. cultural stew of the ’20s and ’30s — a liberating, vibrantly open society where highbrow émigré artists mixed with mystics and movie stars, where artistic and sexual experimentation were not necessarily separate activities.
With photos and historical records, this is a must-read for Cage devotees.
Cage’s 100th birthday is coming up on September 5.