Zen Buddhism saved John Cage from himself and inspired Cage’s most radical works — including 4’33”, four minutes and 33 seconds of silence. Cage initiated an intellectual, creative, and spiritual revolution that has leaped beyond him to transform the arts over the last half century.

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