Give My Regards to Eighth Street
A collection of Morton Feldman's writings, both funny and illuminating, not only about his own music but about the entire New York School of painters, poets, and composers that coalesced in the 1950s, including his friends Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank O’Hara, and John Cage.
Culled from published articles, program notes, LP liners, lectures, interviews, and unpublished writings in the Morton Feldman Archive at SUNY Buffalo (where Feldman taught for many years), Feldman’s writings explore his music and his theories about music, but they also make clear how heavily Feldman was influenced by painting and by his friendships with the Abstract Expressionists. [from the publisher's note]
“What was great about the fifties is that for one brief moment—maybe, say, six weeks—nobody understood art. That’s why it all happened.”
With an afterword by Frank O’Hara.