John Cage: The Music of Change

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Thu, 04/11/2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Northwestern University Library Board of Governors presents

John Cage: The Music of Change
A lecture by Kenneth Silverman

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Hardin Hall, Rebecca Crown Center
Evanston Campus

Reception to follow

The Northwestern University Music Library's John Cage Collection is an extensive archive of primary materials documenting the life and work of the 20th century's most revolutionary composer. Established by Cage in the early 1970s, the collection grew considerably over the following two decades as Cage placed more and more materials at Northwestern until his death in 1992. Since then, the archive has been epanded further with acquisitions obtained through donations and purchases. 

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Cage's birth in 2012, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kenneth Silverman will discuss Cage's life, music and ideas as covered in Silverman's recent book, Begin Again: a Biography of John Cage (Knopf, 2010; Northwestern University Press, 2012), based extensively on research using Northwestern's Cage Collection. 

Silverman's previous books inlcude A Cultural History of the American Revolution and biographies of Cotton Mather, Edgar Allen Poe, Harry Houdini, and Samuel Morse. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the Edgar Award of hte Mystery Writers of America, and the Christopher Literary Award of the Society of American Magicians. A professor emeritus of English at New York University, he lives in New York City.