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Robert Ashley: Perfect Lives (an Opera)

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The definitive text of Perfect Lives is accompanied here by Ashley's plot synopsis and his own candid account of the making of the opera. This is the first publication of the complete narrative of this major work of twentieth century arts and letters. 

"What about the Bible? And the Koran? It doesn't matter: We have Perfect Lives." —John Cage 

"Perfect Lives is an endless and seamless dreamscape of the musicality of the spoken word. Last winter after performing Swimming to Cambodia I would lie on the floor and listen to Perfect Lives over and over. It floats in my head like a memorable, ever-changing dream." —Spalding Grey 

Format: Hardcover; Edited by Melody Sumner Carnahan; Publisher: Burning Books with Archer Fields Press, 1991

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