In this hour, why people embrace avant-garde art, but resist avant-garde music. Wesley Stace has a new novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer. Stace, known also as the singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, tells Anne Strainchamps this is his first novel specifically about music.
Next, David Stubbs argues that new music doesn't get the same respect as new art. His book is Fear of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don't Get Stockhausen. He tells Jim Fleming he was inspired to write it after watching the 1961 film The Rebel for the twelfth time.
Then, John Cage wrote some of the most controversial music of the 20th Century. The brilliant composer was extraordinarily creative. Kenneth Silverman explores Cage's life in a groundbreaking biography called Begin Again. He tells Steve Paulson that a lot of Cage's creativity came from his inventor father.
And finally, at the age of 28, Chinese pianist Lang Lang has already played with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and all of the top American orchestras. He's written an autobiography, Journey of a Thousand Miles, and his latest album, Live in Vienna, features his first recordings of Beethoven's Sonatas. He tells Steve Paulson all about it. [Broadcast Date: February 23, 2011]
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