Foraging for mushrooms with John Cage: writing, art, photography and ephemera from an a lifelong passion in the composer's life
Imagined as an extended mushroom-foraging expedition,
John Cage: A Mycological Foray draws readers across the idiosyncratic, mushroom-suffused, innermost landscape of celebrated American composer John Cage. Upon the remarkable journey with Cage, one encounters assorted photographs, compositions, and contemplations; all in the very same unexpected fashion one encounters various flora and fungi species while mushroom foraging. Volume I encompasses Cage’s mycological-oriented Indeterminacy stories, Diary excerpts, and essays; and the complete transcript of Cage’s 1983 performance, MUSHROOMS et Variationes. Volume II offers the inaugural reproduction of Cage’s 1972 portfolio, Mushroom Book; authored in collaboration with illustrator Lois Long and botanist Alexander H. Smith.
John Cage (1912–92) was an American composer and music theorist. Recognized as a pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music and a leading figure of the postwar avant-garde, his influence extended to the realms of dance, poetry, performance and visual art.
John Cage: A Mycological Foray is developed in collaboration with the John Cage Trust.
WORKS by John Cage
ESSAY by Kingston Trinder
TEXTS by Isabelle Bucklow
EDITED by Ananda Pellerin
Slipcase (HC), Two Volume (PB) Set
8 inches x 10.75 inches
224 pages including an unbound portfolio
Printed sustainably in Italy
ISBN # 978-1-7336220-0-4