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25 years ago: Avant-garde composer visits KU

April 30, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 30, 1988:

Composer John Cage was in town this week as the guest of honor for the Society of Composers Inc. conference at Kansas University. Cage, who had composed the notorious "4'33"" -- a work of silence lasting four minutes and 33 seconds -- was greeted on campus by Lawrence resident and noted novelist William Burroughs, among others. Cage, 75, gave a keynote address titled "Anarchy" to about 800 people at the conference. The address consisted of Cage reading 20 poems which had been randomly created by a computer program from passages in his own writings and those of others.

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