John Milton Cage, Sr. (1886 - 1964)

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Birthplace: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Death: Died in Essex, NJ, USA
Occupation: Inventor
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About John Milton Cage, Sr.

The only child of a father who was a professional inventor and a mother who wrote a society column for The Los Angeles Times, Cage counted among his ancestors Daniel Boone and a namesake who apparently helped Washington survey Virginia. His father held patents on every thing from submarine designs to anti-cold nasal sprays, but he never managed to turn his ideas into commercial successes. Perhaps his one great success in life was to pass on the gene for original thinking to his son, the inventor of the “prepared piano,” for whom the act of composing was always a matter of careful process and method rather than the romantic one of spontaneous inspiration and self. (1)


  1. The New York Times: The Zen of Silence. By JOHN ADAMS. Published: November 19, 2010. Review of "BEGIN AGAIN: A Biography of John Cage. By Kenneth Silverman. Illustrated. 483 pp. Alfred A. Knopf.
  2. Kostelanetz, Richard. 2003. Conversing with John Cage, Routledge.. "Autobiography." Page 1.
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John Cage, Sr.'s Timeline

March 11, 1886
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 5, 1912
Age 26
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
January 3, 1964
Age 77
Essex, NJ, USA