Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community
New York: E .P. Dutton, 1972. First Edition. Humorously INSCRIBED by avant garde composer and former Black Mountain faculty member John Cage on the front flyleaf: "This is a book I haven't read. / John Cage."
A history of Black Mountain College, the experimental college located in North Carolina that, although only in existence 24 years, had a profound and lasting influence as a major incubator of the American avant garde. Cage taught at Black Mountain from 1948 to 1952, and was in residence during the summer of 1953. It was here that Cage organized the first of what would later become known as "happenings," a term coined by Cage's student Allan Kaprow some years later.
Very Good plus in a Very Good dust jacket. Owner name on the front endpaper. Page edges lightly foxed, with minor fading to the board edges. Jacket has several short closed tears, a few reinforced with cello tape on the verso, light creasing, and some minor chipping.
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