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

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University of California Press, Apr 4, 2011 - Music - 296 pages
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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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Contents

What Was Experimentalism?
1
John Cage Meets the New York Philharmonic
20
Henry Flynt Meets the New York AvantGarde
65
The Jazz Composers Guild Meets New York
102
Charlotte Moorman Meets John Cage
140
Experimentalism Meets Iggy Pop
177
Notes
199
Works Cited
251
Index
273
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Benjamin Piekut is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Cornell University.

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