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Author Piekut, Benjamin, 1975-

Title Experimentalism otherwise [electronic resource] : the New York avant-garde and its limits / Benjamin Piekut.

Published Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2011.


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Physical description 1 online resource (x, 283 p.) : ill.
Series California studies in 20th-century music ; 11
California studies in 20th-century music ; 11.
Books at JSTOR All Purchased
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-272) and index.
Contents When orchestras attack! : John Cage meets the New York Philharmonic -- Demolish serious culture! : Henry Flynt meets the New York avant-garde -- October or thermidor? : the Jazz Composers Guild meets New York -- Murder by cello : Charlotte Moorman meets John Cage.
Summary In Experimental Otherwise, Benjamin Piekut takes the reader into the heart of what we mean by "experimental" in avant-garde music. Focusing on one place and time-New York City, 1964-Piekut examines five disparate events: the New York Philharmonic's disastrous performance of John Cage's Atlas Eclipticalis; Henry Flynt's demonstrations against the downtown avant-garde; Charlotte Moorman's Avant Garde Festival; the founding of the Jazz Composers Guild; and the emergence of Iggy Pop. Drawing together a colorful array of personalities, Piekut argues that each of these examples points to a failure and marks a limit or boundary of canonical experimentalism. What emerges from these marginal moments is an accurate picture of the avant-garde, not as a style or genre, but as a network defined by disagreements, struggles, and exclusions.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Music -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Avant-garde (Music) -- New York (State) -- New York.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9780520948426 (electronic bk.)
0520948424 (electronic bk.)