John Cale

More than any other individual, John Cale (b. 1942) is responsible for injecting the virulent power of the avant garde into the mainline of rock ‘n’ roll. His half-century in sound is as urgent, vivid, and diverse as it gets. The son of a Welsh coal miner, he attended conservatory and studied with Aaron Copeland; his work in the early 1960s with Tony Conrad and La Monte Young defined the Big Bang of American minimalism; he waltzed into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame on the strength of his contributions to the Velvet Underground; his solo efforts range from lilting to visceral and back again;... Read More

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