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Experimentalism Otherwise
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: What Was Experimentalism?
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1. When Orchestras Attack!: John Cage Meets the New York Philharmonic
  2. pp. 20-64
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  1. 2. Demolish Serious Culture!: Henry Flynt Meets the New York Avant-Garde
  2. pp. 65-101
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  1. 3. October or Thermidor?: The Jazz Composers Guild Meets New York
  2. pp. 102-139
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  1. 4. Murder by Cello: Charlotte Moorman Meets John Cage
  2. pp. 140-176
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  1. Epilogue: Experimentalism Meets (Iggy) Pop
  2. pp. 177-198
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-250
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 251-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-283
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  1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 284-284
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