The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde

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University of California Press
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6.99 X 9.88 X 0.89 inches | 1.68 pounds

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About the Author

David W. Bernstein is Professor of Music and Head of the Music Department at Mills College. He is coeditor, with Christopher Hatch, of Writings Through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art and Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past.


"An outlandish episode on nearly every page of this book. . . . A probing account."-- "Los Angeles Times" (7/27/2008 12:00:00 AM)
"The excitement of exploration and the delight in fortuitous accident come through in the many firstperson accounts and interviews which make up the bulk of David W. Bernstein's marvellous account of the Center."-- "Times Literary Supplement (TLS)" (11/7/2008 12:00:00 AM)
"[An] extremely accessible and often inspiring book . . . . Comprehensive [and] fascinating."--Stephen Vitiello "Modern Painters" (10/1/2008 12:00:00 AM)
"Provides the first comprehensive history of the Tape Music Center . . . . The collision of historically incompatible characters is hard to believe: It is a Kevin Bacon game . . . of avant-garde and pop culture in the '60s."--Cory Arcangel "Artforum" (10/1/2008 12:00:00 AM)
"A rich and multilayered history. . . . [Sheds] light on a little-discussed corner of 1960s counterculture in the United States."-- "Journal Of The Society For American Music (Jsam)" (7/13/2010 12:00:00 AM)
"From its handsome design to its wealth of vibrant photos, [this book] stands apart from the usual academic press fare, which is fitting considering its subject. . . . A document of ballsy innovation and gutsy invention."-- "Skyscraper" (4/1/2009 12:00:00 AM)
"Lively . . . [It} not only deflates the notion of New York as the center of experimental music innovation in the second half of the 20th century, but testifies to the ingenuity and invention of a ragtag band of composers, musicians, dancers, visual artists, and explorers."-- "The Score" (4/29/2009 12:00:00 AM)