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Monday, November 29, 2010

Composer John Cage's experiments with noise and silence divided critics and listeners, but a new biography focuses on the facts of his life. Today, guest host Elliott Forrest of WQXR is joined by the book's author to discuss the details of this 20th century icon. Plus: A look at the long-awaited Broadway debut of "Spider-Man." Also: The band Warpaint has roots in sunny Southern California, but plays a distinctly cool brand of indie rock live in the studio.

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Elliott Forrest

Beyond 4'33"

“Begin Again,” a new biography of John Cage, takes a comprehensive look at the experimental artist. Instead of critiquing his music, author Kenneth Silverman recounts the composer’s life, work ethic and personal relationships. Silverman joins guest host Elliott Forrest to talk about this in-depth excavation.

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Spidey's First Night

The new musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has been nagged by delays, technical problems and cast injuries, but Spidey fans got a chance last night to see the $65 million production in its first preview performance last night. New York Times theatre reporter Patrick Healy joins us to talk about this work in progress.

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In Studio: Warpaint

Warpaint was founded six years ago by a couple of childhood friends in their adopted hometown, Los Angeles. The quartet’s recent full length album “The Fool” is a woozy desert rocker full of lush harmonies -- and a dark undertow. They play live in studio.

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Playlist: Beyond 4'33" + Warpaint

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