La Monte Young

1935 (Bern, Idaho) –

As a young man, the gifted saxophonist Young played with Coleman, Dolphy, Cherry and Higgins. Oliveiros and Riley were fellow-students in California. Babbitt tried to tempt him to Princeton. While studying with Stockhausen in Germany, Young became close to his assistant Cardew; discovering Cage’s ideas, he corresponded with him, and became one of his students in New York. Maciunas fed him when he couldn’t afford to eat, and came through the snow to fix his heater. Warhol asked him to join a rock band. Riley and Cale were members of his group of musicians. He brought his guru Nath to the U.S.

La Monte Young knew…