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Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists [Format Kindle]

Kay Larson

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“Heroic… fascinating.” --New York Times

“Inspirational… exuberant.” --Los Angeles Times

"Revelatory… Where the Heart Beats may not just be the best book written yet about John Cage; it’s probably also one of the most substantive-yet-readable entryways into the nexus of 20th-century American art and the immortal qualities of Eastern thought… one of the most profound, not to mention unexpected, gifts imaginable."--Slate

"Absorbing… no future commentator on Cage's work or influence will be able to ignore Larson's contribution…a milestone in contemporary cultural criticism." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Remarkable… without a doubt the richest, most stimulating, most absorbing book I’ve read in the past year, if not decade — remarkably researched, exquisitely written, weaving together a great many threads of cultural history into a holistic understanding of both Cage as an artist and Zen as a lens on existence… Not unlike Cage’s music, Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists is impossible to distill, to synthesize, to relay. Rather, its goodness is best experienced in full, with complete surrender. "--Brain Pickings

"Strange and wonderful... a gloriously rich reading experience, studded with layers upon layers of deeply inspiring and endlessly fascinating paths. One of the best books of the year in any category." --NPR.org (A Favorie Music Book of the Year)

Présentation de l'éditeur

A “heroic” and “fascinating” biography of John Cage showing how his work, and that of countless American artists, was transformed by Zen Buddhism (The New York Times)

Where the Heart Beats
is the story of the tremendous changes sweeping through American culture following the Second World War, a time when the arts in America broke away from centuries of tradition and reinvented themselves. Painters converted their canvases into arenas for action and gesture, dancers embraced pure movement over narrative, performance artists staged “happenings” in which anything could happen, poets wrote words determined by chance.

In this tumultuous period, a composer of experimental music began a spiritual quest to know himself better. His earnest inquiry touched thousands of lives and created controversies that are ongoing. He devised unique concerts—consisting of notes chosen by chance, randomly tuned radios, and silence—in the service of his absolute conviction that art and life are one inseparable truth, a seamless web of creation divided only by illusory thoughts.

What empowered John Cage to compose his incredible music—and what allowed him to inspire tremendous transformations in the lives of his fellow artists—was Cage’s improbable conversion to Zen Buddhism. This is the story of how Zen saved Cage from himself.

Where the Heart Beats
is the first book to address the phenomenal importance of Zen Buddhism to John Cage’s life and to the artistic avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s. Zen’s power to transform Cage’s troubled mind—by showing him his own enlightened nature—liberated Cage from an acute personal crisis that threatened everything he most deeply cared abouthis life, his music, and his relationship with his life partner, Merce Cunningham. Caught in a society that rejected his art, his politics, and his sexual orientation, Cage was transformed by Zen from an overlooked and marginal musician into the absolute epicenter of the avant-garde.

Using Cage’s life as a starting point, Where the Heart Beats looks beyond to the individuals Cage influenced and the art he inspired. His creative genius touched Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Alan Kaprow, Morton Feldman, and Leo Castelli, who all went on to revolutionize their respective disciplines. As Cage’s story progresses, as his collaborators’ trajectories unfurl, Where the Heart Beats shows the blossoming of Zen in the very heart of American culture.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4599 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 493 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B00D9TB710
  • Editeur : Penguin Books; Édition : Reprint (5 juillet 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0064W5NYQ
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cage Comes Alive 5 septembre 2012
Par Jack Maguire - Publié sur Amazon.com
"Where the Heart Beats" is fascinating as both a chronological and spiritual biography. It accomplishes that rarest of feats in a book about an artist: not only putting us in Cage's shoes and his times, but also making his creative process come to life--probing into his motivations, his psychic struggles, and the revelations he experiences in such a way that we can see more clearly how his art came to be what it is. Larson proves herself a skillful, authoritative, and compelling guide. Based on her many years as a reporter in the field, she speaks knowledgeably and compassionately about Cage's impact on the contemporary art, music, and performance scene. Drawing on her own strong Buddhist practice, she illuminates the American Zen world and the profound influence it had on Cage. More important, as a human being, she effectively invites us to engage in a conversation with Cage using our own intelligence and imagination, which is probably the best way to develop a richer understanding of what he was trying to communicate. Her book helps us to value him more and to open up our hearts and minds more fully to his work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it and surprised I did. 2 octobre 2012
Par Handel lover - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Fascinating. Ready to read it again to my surprise tho big and long but move between arenas and people so very engaging.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stunning Appraisal of this Seminal Artist 25 septembre 2012
Par Bob Crothers - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is a singular and thorough trip through the avant garde in the visual and performing arts during the second half of the Twentieth Century using John Cage as guide. It is also a stimulating look into the mind of this seminal artistic figure as he interacts with both artists and Buddhist teachers during this time. Given Ms. Larson's own deep knowledge of both John Cage and Buddhist practice, she brings a special clarity to this intellectual and artistic venture using Cage's own words and her own unique insights into his contributions to music and the visual arts.
One is stunned by John Cage's own work as well as the influence he has had with so many significant artists in his lifetime.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A unique and poetic lens on the life of John Cage 19 août 2012
Par Carla Duarte - Publié sur Amazon.com
There are experiences in life where the process of living becomes revealed, much like unwinding a spool of thread. Reading "Where the Heart Beats" is very successful in poetically revealing the layers upon layers John Cage moved through in his art, his music, and his life. I have read other books about Mr. Cage and found this one to hold a very unique and different lens. This book does not critically analyze his musical compositions but instead shares the elements, the essentials, the details that led him down his creative seeking path. It felt like a line moving through time and I can now understand his choices on a higher level.

As an artist myself, the process of understanding why one chooses what one does is a great tool. This book gave me hope to keep believing in process and trusting layers do come together to form a whole. Mr. Cage was such a determined being and Larson depicts this perfectly time and time again through her sharing of story. And, I think it is just that, the sharing of story of John Cage, meandering through different creative nodes which brought this book to a place of intimacy. Quite remarkable!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "REMARKABLE, STIMULATING, EXQUISITE!" 23 juillet 2012
Par Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Kay Larson delivers a fascinating story portraying Cage's creative process, connecting us to his heart and mind as she paints a colorful portrait with her elegant writing style. This breathtaking story weaves together threads of cultural history as it conveys the tremendous changes sweeping through American Culture following World War II. A time when the Arts in America let go of tradition as they reinvented themselves. Painters, Dancers, Performance Artists, and Poets changed styles. In addition, a tumultuous period when composers began to touch thousands of lives through a spiritual quest. "WHERE THE HEART BEATS" is refreshing, enjoyable, beautifully written, and Highly Recommended.
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