Cambridge Companion to John CageEdited by David Nicholls. Published by Cambridge University Press, England. Softcover, 287 pages, with black and white reproductions of scores and etchings.
Kathan Brown, founder and director of Crown Point Press, contributed a chapter to the book. This book is an excellent companion John Cage Visual Art: To Sober and Quiet the Mind, by Kathan Brown, Crown Point Press, 2000.
The Cambridge Companion to John Cage celebrates the richness and diversity of Cage's acheivements--the development of the prepared piano and of the percussion orchestra, the adoption of chance and of indeterminacy, the employment of electronic resources and of graphic notation, and the questioning of the most fundamental tenets of western art music. Besides composing around 300 works, Cage was also a prolific performer, writer, poet, and visual
artist. Written by a team of experts, the Companion discusses Cage's background, his work, and its performance
and reception, providing in sum a fully rounded portrait of a fascinating figure.