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Experimentalism Otherwise : The New York Avant-Garde and Its Limits, Hardback Book

Experimentalism Otherwise : The New York Avant-Garde and Its Limits Hardback

Part of the California Studies in 20th-Century Music series

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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.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 296 pages, 15 b-w photographs, 3 music examples
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Music: styles & genres
  • ISBN: 9780520268500

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