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La Monte Young

EARLY ON, Judson Memorial Church was a place where we felt we had a lot of control, because the pastor, Al Carmines, had a creative attitude. It was a pretty big space, and Al gave us free rein, and that was the very nice thing about the Judson performances. By the early 1960s, I was already a well-known figure in New York because of the performances of “Compositions 1960,” Poem for Chairs, Tables, Benches, etc., and 2 Sounds, all from 1960. So people let me have my way with things.

It was a pretty big space, and Al Carmines gave us free rein, and that was the very nice thing about the Judson performances.

In the summer of 1960, before I came to New York from California, I gave a class at Anna Halprin’s home in Marin County. John Cage told me to look her up. He said she would be open to my ideas. Anna has a very big dance studio outdoors. She let Terry Riley and me direct music

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