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Remembering Composer John Cage

Cage died yesterday at the age of 79. The New York Times wrote that Cage "started a revolution by proposing that composers could jettison the musical language that had evolved over the last seven centuries, and in doing so he opened the door to Minimalism, performance art and virtually every other branch of the musical avant-garde." His compositions include spoken texts, radios, toys and the sounds of vegetables being chopped. In honor of his passing, we present highlights of his 1982 interview with Terry Gross.

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Other segments from the episode on August 13, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 13, 1992: Interview with Michael Duffy; Obituary for John Cage; Review of Marshall Blonsky's book "American Mythologies."

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