John Cage was not only a major figure of the musical avant-garde
but also an avid mycologist, collector and consumer of mushrooms.
His knowledge of the fungal world was legendary. In 1959 he even
won 5 million lire on an Italian TV quiz show with mushrooms as
his specialty subject.
Indeterminacy was a lecture performance work in
which Cage recited a series of one minute stories and anecdotes
in no particular order. Many of these stories related to his love
of mushrooms and his experiences of collecting and studying them.
There is an interesting online database version
of Indeterminacy at
http://www.lcdf.org/indeterminacy/index.cgi by Eddie Kohler
Below, in no particular order, are links to some of Cage's mushroom