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Hervé Vanel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037993

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037993.001.0001

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The Community to Come

(p.126) Conclusion
Triple Entendre

Hervé Vanel

University of Illinois Press

This chapter argues that John Cage's Muzak-plus ultimately addresses his idealistic belief that art could foster a revolution in society, one that would lead not to a transfer of power but, in an anarchist fashion, to its pulverization in the hands of the individual members of a collective. However, in the aftermath of World War II, any suggestion that art could be at the service of society was met with increased suspicion. Whether directly or indirectly, suggested Cage himself, any willingness to improve the world may only end up making the matter worse. One could read this warning as a summary of Muzak's self-styled ambition.

Keywords:   John Cage, Muzak, Muzak-plus, music, art, social revoluton

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