“I have come to the conclusion that much can be learned about music by devoting oneself to the mushroom.” - JOHN CAGE, 1954
John Cage: A Mycological Foray draws readers across the idiosyncratic, mushroom-suffused, innermost landscape of celebrated American composer John Cage. Upon the remarkable journey with Cage, one encounters assorted photographs, compositions, and contemplations; all in the very same unexpected fashion one encounters various flora and fungi species while mushroom foraging. Volume I encompasses Cage’s mycological-oriented Indeterminacy stories, Diary excerpts, and essays; and the complete transcript of Cage’s 1983 performance, MUSHROOMS et Variationes. Volume II offers the inaugural reproduction of Cage’s 1972 portfolio, Mushroom Book; authored in collaboration with illustrator Lois Long and botanist Alexander H. Smith.
John Cage (1912–92) was an American composer and music theorist. Recognized as a pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music and a leading figure of the postwar avant-garde, his influence extended to the realms of dance, poetry, performance and visual art.
Include our exclusive special edition artist anthology, Every Mushroom Is a Good Mushroom postcard set. The set includes recipes by John Cage alongside original artworks and texts from Cage and mushroom enthusiasts Isabelle Bucklow, Francesca Gavin, Jason Fulford, Polly Geller, Erik Kessels, Phyllis Ma, Katty Maurey, Michael Pollan, Thomas Sauvin (Beijing Silvermine), David Shrigley, Mike Slack, Alec Soth, Sissel Tolaas, Ester Vonplon, and Lars Wannop.