La Monte Young


La Monte Thornton Young is an American avant-garde composer, musician, and artist. Young is generally recognized as the first minimalist composer. His works have been included among the most important and radical post-World War II avant-garde, experimental, and contemporary music. Young is especially known for his development of drone music.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on October 14, 1935.


1958 22 Years Old He undertook further studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he received a BA in 1958, then at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1958 to 1960.
1959 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959 he attended the summer courses at Darmstadt under Karlheinz Stockhausen, and in 1960 relocated to New York in order to study electronic music with Richard Maxfield at the New School for Social Research. … Read More
When Young moved to New York in 1960, he had already established a reputation as an enfant terrible of the avant-garde. … Read More
In 1962 Young wrote The Second Dream of the High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old In 1963 Warhol, Young, and Walter De Maria briefly formulated a musical group, which included lyrics written by Jasper Johns. … Read More


1975 39 Years Old Lou Reed's 1975 album Metal Machine Music states "Drone cognizance and harmonic possibilities vis a vis Lamont Young's Dream Music (sic)" among its "Specifications". … Read More


1981 45 Years Old Brian Eno was similarly influenced by Young's use of repetition in music. In 1981, he referred to X for Henry Flynt by saying "It really is a cornerstone of everything I've done since". … Read More


1996 60 Years Old Bowery Electric dedicated the song "Postscript" on the 1996 album Beat to Young and Riley.
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