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Draw a Straight Line and Follow It: The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young

Jeremy Grimshaw


La Monte Young, generally regarded as the father of musical minimalism, is one of America’s most important contemporary composers--and one of the most elusive. Early on Young eschewed the conventional musical institutions of publishers, record labels, and venues, in order to create compositions completely unfettered by commercial concerns. At the same time, however, he exercised profound influence on such varied figures as Terry Riley, Cornelius Cardew, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Velvet Underground, Brian Eno and entire branches of pop music. For half a century he and his partner and collaborator, ... More

Keywords: La Monte Young, minimalism, experimental music, acoustics, musicology, ethnomusicology, Marian Zazeela, mormonism, vedic, psychedelia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199740208
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Grimshaw, author
Brigham Young University