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John Cage has written quite a few books during his life and most of them are still available on online stores. However, due to his peculiar link to Italy some Italian books were written about his oeuvre. You may find in the list below some of the most significant publications (chronologically ordered) which are still accessible except for some out of print volumes which might be found at specialized antiquarian bookshops. In case of omissions and/or mistakes please drop me an email so that I could correct them, thanks.

Silenzio (Feltrinelli)
Silenzio, anthology from Silence and A year from Monday.
Feltrinelli, Milan. 1° print (1971), 2° print (1981).
Pages: 155. Dimension: 20.5 x 20.5 cm.
Description: curated by Renato Pedio, Materiali 31.
Out of print.
Per gli uccelli (Multhipla)
Per gli uccelli
Conversazioni tra John Cage e Daniel Charles.

1° print: Multhipla, Milan, 1977.
2° print: Testo&Immagine, Turin, 1999.
Pages: 276. Dimension: 12 x 20 cm. Paperback.
Out of print.
Dopo di me il silenzio (?) (Emme Edizioni)
John Cage. Dopo di me il silenzio (?).
Emme Edizioni, 1978.
Pages: 176. Dimension: 12 x 20 cm. Paperback.
Description: Collection Hokuspokus curated by Franco Mogni. Texts by Octavio Paz, Roberto Calasso, Paolo Castaldi, Riccardo Bertoncelli, Adriano Spatola, Franco Donatoni, Carlo Maria Cella, Marcello Panni, Gianni Emilio Simonetti, Demetrio Stratos, Mario Bortolotto, Sylvano Bussotti, Niccolò Castiglioni, Gianni Sassi, Aldo Clementi, Daniel Charles, Walter Marchetti.
Out of print.
Treno di John Cage (Grafis & Fylkingen)
Il Treno di John Cage.
Grafis & Fylkingen, Bologna, 1979.
Pages: 31, [51]. Dimension: 15 x 21 cm?
Description: Photos by Mino Monastra. Title of the three days: Alla ricerca del silenzio perduto. Audio tape included.
Out of print.
Quaderni perugini di musica contemporanea #48/49: Simposio John Cage
Publisher ? 1991.
Pages: ? Dimensions: ? Paperback.
Description:
Out of print.
Quaderni perugini di musica contemporanea #52-57: John Cage e l'Europa
Publisher ? 1992.
Pages: ? Dimensions: ? Paperback.
Description:
Out of print.
John Cage (Materiali Sonori)
Sonora - John Cage.
Materiali Sonori, S. Giovanni Valdarno, 1993.
Pages: 112. Dimension: 17 x 24 cm. Paperback.
Description: texts of Giampiero Bigazzi, Giancarlo Cardini, Fabio Fratini/Andrea Nesti, Clar Ann Matz, Francesca Della Monica, Roberto Fabbriciani, Stefano Scodanibbio. Photos by Roberto Masotti. Interview to John Cage by Michele Porzio. Interview to Merce Cunningham by Gigliola Nocera. Audio Cd included.
Out of print.
John Cage (Quaderni Perugini)
John Cage
Quaderni perugini di musica contemporanea
Edizioni L'Epos, 1993.
Pages: 63 Dimension: ? Paperback.
Description: curated by Alfonso Fratteggiani Bianchi, Ulrike Brand. Texts by John Cage (Simplicity and Chaos, transcription of Cage's last press conference in Perugia, June 23, 1992), Heinz Klaus Metzger, Martin Erdmann, Paul van Emmerik, Veniero Rizzardi.
Out of print.
John Cage: Pittura (Quaderni Perugini)
Quaderni perugini di musica contemporanea #69: John Cage: Pittura
Publisher ? 1995.
Pages: ? Dimensions: ? Paperback.
Description: Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria (May 10 - June 10 1995), published on the occasion of the first Italian exhibition of John Cage's visual works; texts by: Vittoria Garibaldi, Veniero Rizzardi, Gregory Volk.
Out of print.
Metafisica del Silenzio (Auditorium)
Metafisica del Silenzio
L'oriente e la nuova musica

Auditorium, Milan. 1° print (1995), 2° print (2006).
Pages: 280. Dimension: 17 x 24 cm. Paperback.
Description: written by Michele Porzio.
Lettera a uno sconosciuto
Edizioni Socrates, Rome, 1996.
Pages: 580. Dimension: 17 x 24 cm. Hardcover.
Description: by Richard Kostelanetz. Texts of John Cage. Italian translation of Conversing with Cage. Foreword by Edoardo Sanguineti.
Riga n°15 John Cage (Marcos y Marcos)
Riga n°15. John Cage
Marcos y Marcos, Milan, 1998.
Pages: 592. Dimension: 15.5 x 22 cm. Paperback.
Description: curated by G. Bonomo and G. Furghieri. It features essays, stories, writings by Paz, Hofstadter, Carrera, Boulez, Morris, Metzger, Lyotard, Woodward, De Lio, Brooks, Tenney, Pritchett, Mac Low, Charles, Sweed, d'Harnoncourt, Boccadoro, Van Emmerik, Bonomo, Bartezzaghi, Chiari, Grazioli, Prandi, Furghieri, Julius, Goldstein, Corner, Marchetti, Bai, Codeghini.
Out of print.
Happy birthday: A Year from Cage
Auditorium, Milan, 2002.
Pages: 192. Dimension: 13 x 20.5 cm. Paperback.
Description: texts of John Cage, Gianni Sassi, Demetrio Stratos, with 16 photos by Roberto Masotti.
Out of print.
Il Silenzio della Musica
Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2002.
Pages: 168. Dimension: 16.8 x 24 cm. Paperback.
Description: Texts by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta (correspondence between him and John Cage). Silvana Editoriale also printed the English version of it.
John Cage.
L'espressione si sviluppa in colui che la percepisce

Edizioni LIM, Lucca, 2003.
Pages: VII-151. Dimension: 17 x 24 cm. Paperback.
Description: curated by Ballardini F., Cutroneo A., Negri E.
Pierre Boulez. John Cage.
Corrispondenza e Documenti

Archinto, Milan, 2006.
Pages: 256. Dimension: ? Paperback.
Description: the famous mail exchange between the two composers.
Il lungo treno di John Cage
O barra O, Milan, 2007.
Pages: 128. Dimension: 12.5 x 20.5 cm. Paperback.
Description: written by Hwang Inkyung.
Alla ricerca del silenzio perduto
Baskerville, Bologna, 2008.
Pages: 160. Dimension: 28.5 x 19.5 cm. Hardcover.
Description: curated by Oderso Rubini and Massimo Simonini. It includes 3 audio cds featuring the recordings from the three days happening Il Treno di John Cage (1978) and a dvd video with rare footage. In Italian and English.
John Cage
Mudima/Cramps, Milan, 2009.
Pages: 457. Dimension: 16.5 x 24 cm. Hardcover.
Description: Texts by Gino Di Maggio, Achille Bonito Oliva, Daniele Lombardi, James J. Martini, Roberto Masotti, Gianluca Ranzi, Marinella Guatterini, Daniel Charles, Gabriele Bonomo, Sergio Albergoni, Michele Porzio, Sylvano Bussotti, Giancarlo Cardini, Paolo Castaldi, Alvin Curran, Franco Masotti, Gigliola Nocera, Marcello Panni, John Cage, Luigi Serafini, Luciano Berio.
Silenzio
Shake, Milan, 2010.
Pages: 332. Dimension: ? cm. Paperback.
Description: the finally unabridged Italian version of the first collection of writings and essays by John Cage published in 1961.
John Cage.
Silence happening

Auditorium, Milan, 2011.
Pages: 48. Dimension: 13.5 x 19 cm. Paperback.
Description: various texts on John Cage; includes an audio cd.
1000 e una nota per John Cage
[dia•foria, Viareggio, 2012.
Pages: 2. Dimension: 16.7 x 17 cm (closed), 64 x 64 cm (open).
Description: 100 personalities from the Italian culture and arts celebrate John Cage with 100 contributions (either graphical or textual), using 1001 character max (two versions: Italian and English).
Il silenzio non esiste.
4'33'' di John Cage

ISBN Edizioni, Milan, 2012.
Pages: 176. Dimension: ?
Description: Italian translation of Kyle Gann's There is no such thing as silence, by Melinda Mele. A thorough analysis of John Cage's most famous work: his 4'33'' minutes of silence.
Roberto Masotti, CAGEwall(s)
Edizioni della Cometa, Rome, 2012.
Pages: ? Paperback.
Description: photographic catalog of Roberto Masotti's exhibition in Matera at MUSMA: 4CAGEwalls (1999/2012) July 14 - September 5 2012.
Sound Pages.
John Cage's Publications

Viaindustriae/DieSchachtel, Milan, 2012.
Pages: 176. Dimensions: 14 x 20 cm, paperback.
Description: Giorgio Maffei and Fabio Carboni present a collection of English, French and Italian original texts about John Cage's publications: records, scores, books and other documents.
John Cage
Castelvecchi, Roma, 2012.
Pages: 64. Paperback.
Description: dialog between critic David Sylvester and composer Richard Smalley on one side, and John Cage on the other one, recorded for BBC during December 1966.
AlfaCage
Alfabeta Edizioni, Milan, November 2012.
Pages: 16.
Description: special insert of the November issue of Alfabeta2 featuring: Daniele Lombardi, Ruggero Pierantoni, Philip Corner, Mario Gamba, Umberto Eco, Giancarlo Cardini, Giacomo Manzoni, Stefano Catucci, Alvin Curran, Esther Ferrer, Valentina Valentini, Roberto Masotti, Carlo Cosmelli, Marcello Panni, Emanuele Arciuli, Marco Senaldi, Roberto Paci Dalò, Francesca Aste, Gino Di Maggio, Roberto Barni.
John Cage. Una rivoluzione lunga cent'anni
Mimesis, Milan, 2012.
Pages: 477. Paperback.
Description: written by Giacomo Fronzi. Featuring contributions by: Emanuele Arciuli, Alessandro Bertinetto, Franco Degrassi, Roberto Doati, Giacomo Fronzi, Enrico Fubini, Marco Gatto, Alessandro Giovannucci, Elio Grazioli, ELisa Guzzo Vaccarino, Erberto Lo Bue, Roberto Masotti, Heinz-Klaus Metzger, Stephen Piccolo, Emanuele Quinz, Fiorella Sassanelli and an interview by Stephen Montague with John Cage for the first time in Italian.
La durata infinita del suono
Mimesis, Milan, 2013.
Pages: 56. Paperback.
Description: by Leonardo Vittorio Arena. Arena invites us, in this essay on the Cage's silent piece, to accept it with an empty mind, to embrace this agent of nonsense.
La ricerca di John Cage
Mimesis Edizioni, Milan, 2013.
Pages: 127. Paperback.
Description: curated by Vincenzo Cuomo and Leonardo V. Distaso. Essays by: Vincenzo Cuomo, Leonardo V. Distaso, Daniele Goldoni, Giovanni Guanti, Stefano Lombardi Vallauri, Lucia Marinelli, Daniela Tortora; preface by Giampiero Moretti; afterword by Fabrizio Lomonaco.
Al di là della musica
Mimesis Edizioni, Milan, 2013.
Pages: 56. Paperback.
Description: curated by Giacomo Fronzi. John Cage did not own a stereo and he would have liked to become a botanic. These are some of the revelations shared with the public, in a yet unreleased interview in Italy, in 1982 when he turned 70 (from the Mimesis Edizioni website).
Oltre il silenzio (Beyond silence)
Auditorium Edizioni, Milan, 2013.
Pages: 328. Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm. Paperback.
Description: curated by Michele Porzio. A philosopher (Daniel Charles, 1935-2008), a composer-pianist (Giancarlo Cardini, 1940), a composer (Gianfranco Pernaiachi, 1951) face the topics proposed by a scholar of aesthetics and contemporary music (Michele Porzio, 1960). Four personalities who crossed together the bewilderment and the desert of music after John Cage: is art still possible today? What is its rapport with life and with our interior ? A book that spans between music, philosophy and poetry, and that mainly searches for an ethic answer to our anxieties (from Auditorium Edizioni site).
John Cage: 4'33'' Lezione sui funghi
Associazione Culturale Dello Scompiglio, Vorno, 2013.
Pages: 46. Dimensions: 20 x 28 cm. Paperback.
Description: The cultural association Dello Scompiglio, directed by Cecilia Bertoni, released the catalogue dedicated to John Cage: 4'33'' Lezione sui funghi (lecture on mushrooms), a retrospective that from June to December 2012 which offered concerts, musical theater, performance, dance, visual arts, lectures on the occasion of the double anniversary of the great American composer. The artistic direction was curated by Antonio Caggiano. The catalogue includes the first CD by Dello Scompiglio featuring the recording of the Living Room Music concert, performed by Ars Ludi during the Opera Barga Festival (from Dello Scompiglio site).
MusiCircus. Fare musica a scuola incontrando John Cage
Progetti Sonori Edizioni, Mercatello sul Metauro (PU), 2013.
Pages: 160. Dimensions: 20 x 27 cm. Paperback.
Description: inspired by John Cage's life, works and ideas about music, the book introduces a series of stimulating, creative, playful didactic activities open to the sounds of the world (from the Progetti Sonori website).
MusiCircus. Fare musica a scuola incontrando John Cage
Mimesis Edizioni, Milan, 2014.
Pages: 165. Paperback.
Description: by Giacomo Fronzi. Two years after the celebrations for the centennial anniversary of his birth and twenty years after his death, the figure of John Cage (1912-1992) is still analyzed (from Mimesis Edizioni website).
Parole vuote. Scritti '73-'78 (Empty Words, Writings '73-'78)
Ortothes Editrice, Naples, 2015.
Pages: 232. Paperback.
Description: curated by Fernando Vincenzi and Antonella Carosini, translation by Antonella Carosini. In this literary, musical, visual work, Cage guides the reader through Thoreau's Diary, manipulated by means of chance operations obtained with the I-Ching, complex mesostics composed around James Joyce's name through his Finnegan's Wake, narrating how the preparaed piano was born, and which in his opinion would have been the future of music. A book to explore, to look at (due to the many artworks by cage himself), to read over and over to find new meanings, and to drown in a sea of empty words (from Orthotes Editrice website).
Musicage, conversazioni con Joan Retallack
Il Saggiatore, Milan, 2017.
Pages: 537. Paperback.
Description: preface by Veniero Rizzardi. In these conversations with Joan Retallack, Cage recalls the most crucial moments of his life; from his initial experimentations to the international acknowledgements, from the great battles for social justice to the inexhaustible research of silence – the only possible end of any artistic process – witnessed by unforgettable works, like the scandalous 4’33” (from the Il Saggiatore website).