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

In this stunning biography of John Cage, Larson investigates how Buddhist concepts shaped Cage's approach to art, and the influence it had on other artists of his era (ie. Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, etc.). If you're a fan of Cage, you will no doubt appreciate him even more after reading this wonderful book. His creative journey truly comes alive. —Recommended by Anah, City Lights Books

A "heroic" biography of John Cage and his “awakening through Zen Buddhism”—“a kind of love story” about a brilliant American pioneer of the creative arts who transformed himself and his culture (The New York Times)

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.

Title Where the Heart Beats
Subtitle John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists
Author Kay Larson
Publisher Penguin Books
Title First Published 30 July 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 496 p.
ISBN-10 0143123475
ISBN-13 9780143123477
Publication Date 30 July 2013
Main content page count 496
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $18.00

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