June 7, 2012

The VW Appears

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image: copyright the John Cage Trust, used with permission

So awesome. Last winter, I tried to dig up all the published firsthand accounts and references of The VW Years, Carolyn Brown's term for the early days of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, when the troupe would tour the country in John Cage & Merce's white VW bus, which Cage had purchased using the winnings from a rigged Italian game show.

In addition, I've tried to figure out what happened to the bus itself. So far, no luck at all. But when she was helping with the transfer of the Cunningham Foundation archives to the NY Public Library, John Cage Trust director Laura Kuhn spotted this little image of the company hanging out next to the bus. And she very graciously sent it along. Many thanks.

The VW Years, Ch. 1
Ch. 2, Remy Charlip & Steve Paxton
Ch. 3, John Cage
The VW Years: Carolyn Brown, Part I, Part II

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