On a prior Dangerous Minds post, pioneering architect Frank Lloyd Wright was the game show guest on I’ve Got A Secret. Today’s guest is a pre-Velvet Undergound John Cale. What’s Cale’s secret? His participation in an 18 hour and 40 minute piano recital of Erik Satie‘s Vexations.
Cale and a number of performers—including John Cage—all took turns playing the piece that’s just 3 lines long, but needs repeating 840 times. Cage, it seems, also organized the event, having been introduced to Vexations in Paris in ‘49.
The man sitting beside Cale is off-Broadway actor, Karl Schenzer. His secret? He was the only audience member ballsy enough to stick out the entire concert. Schenzer went on, possibly, and according to the New Yorker’s Alex Ross, to become a bit player for Francis Ford Coppola.