By: Brian Berger
Revelatory ways of relating chords to scales.
He cofounded The Living Theater repertory company.
A complete entertainer, ill-served by Hollywood
His early Hollywood music was darker than we recall.
Typist by day, jazzbo by night.
One of the most soulful tenor men of his generation.
His first film was 1932’s PIE, PIE, BLACKBIRD.
He wrote a bestselling work of socialist utopianism.
“Coarse, brutal, sordid, bestial, but painted with marvelous vividness”
Too Jewish for ethnically repressed Hollywood.
Entertainment, grand landscapes, and dialectical troubles.
La propriété, c’est le vol.
“We must get to the painting of ourselves, our history…”
His genius thrived in stages: chromatic, atonal, serial.
He could adapt to and enliven nearly any musical situation.