Sunday, June 10, 2007

John Cage has got a secret

Check out this great clip of John Cage on the 60s gameshow I've Got a Secret:

Now, depress yourself by trying to imagine a display like this taking place on a popular network gameshow today. Were Cage invited to give a performance like this on a similar show today, I think he'd be treated much differently. The entire format of Deal or No Deal wouldn't be forgone to make room for the performance.

And yes, people were laughing, but it wasn't LOLARTISTS. It was laughter in the same spirit as the piece, the same laughter you hear at musical performances and poetry readings all of the time.

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