Philip Glass goes vegan

Philip Glass goes vegan


norman lebrecht

July 29, 2022

Or so it appears from his latest post.


  • Freewheeler says:

    Not surprised: No vegan ever wrote any good music.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Just speaking for myself, I’d prefer to read “PHILIP GLASS GOES AWAY, AWAY, AWAY, AWAY, etc.”.

  • Ya what says:

    My personal fantasy is eating a gorgeous juicy steak in front of a group of horrified vegans. The more horrified and squeamish they are, the better the taste of the steak.

    • Brettermeier says:

      You should seek professional help.

      • WP says:

        An ethical and moral sense would be a start….
        Poor Mr. Ya what! (at the risk of being sexist, I presume he’s a guy, because I’ve never met a woman that insensitive or that stupid)

  • MR says:

    While North Indian classical music is recognized for being the dominant influence on composers Philip Glass, La Monte Young and Terry Riley, the same is true of Steve Reich because the modal period of John Coltrane he found so transformationally inspiring came from the tenor saxophonist’s assimilation of North Indian raga elements into jazz, this effect being at least equal to Steve’s subsequent study of African and Balinese music.

    • Freewheeler says:

      The connection between real Indian or Balinese music and the New York phonies is minimalist to be sure.

    • Freewheeler says:

      John Cage: “Oh look, I stuck nuts and bolts in my piano strings! It sounds just like a Balinese Gamelan now, doesn’t it?” Gimme a break. Also “Study of” is, in this case, a euphemism for “superficial plundering of”.

      • MR says:

        I believe it was Henry Cowell who actually invented the prepared piano, and I don’t believe John Cage was attempting to imitate existing gamelan music, rather composing music that stands most powerfully and timelessly on its own Image and Language.

        Regardless of how one feels regarding the aesthetic value of their music, it seems all four composers were rather heroic in finding pathways away from the suffocating academicism of serialism, again regardless of whether or not one finds they may have gone too far in the opposite direction.

        • John Porter says:

          Cage and Lou Harrison prepared the piano because they were accompanying dancers quite a bit at that time and wanted other sounds beyond what the piano could produce.

    • MR says:

      While I’m unaware of his stating so publicly, it is highly probable Steve Reich was equally transfixed by the music of Ravi Shankar, Chatur Lal, Alla Rakha and Ali Akbar Khan as were his contemporaries Riley, Young and Glass. Reich simply came to focus that influence in the direction of African and Balinese traditions. Musicologists/writers who focus on Western composition of our time with scant or superficial knowledge and experience with both jazz and Indian classical music, these being the primary influences on Riley, Reich, Young, Glass, and others who followed, are very much like World War II historians who leave out two of the principle countries involved, the only difference being I’m unaware of any such historians, though one imagines there are those who fabricate history to fit a preferred and imaginary sequence for whatever reasons and motivations. Perhaps in the case of the music discussed here, more simply, they’re simply relying upon press releases and such.

  • Maria says:

    Well, most of us won’t have to cook for him, so why does he need to advertise it, when he has the dosh to do it and eat healthily when so many simply need food on the table for their kids going to school starving!

    • Sean W. Moose says:

      Why do you insinuate that his dietary choices are an insult to those who have starving children?

  • Meh says:

    I love that ice cream. I am not vegan. Great stuff Norm!

  • Edoardo Saccenti says:

    I met him >15 years ago and he was already vegan. Where is the news?

  • Curvy Honk Glove says:

    Great. Another vegan competing with my food for food.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Now I got it! All those repeats are expression of prolonged chewing!

  • Minnesota says:

    The sign in the photo says “Ice Cream and Vegan Ice Cream” Many ice cream shops sell both kinds. Glass is 85 years old and was never built like a rugby player.

  • John Porter says:

    Glass is a Buddhist and as such, a vegan.

  • Steve Glassfan says:

    Glass has been a vegetarian since he was a teenager. One reason why he is still going strong at 85. A wonderful man who has written the soundtrack to my life.

  • Sean W. Moose says:

    So because he is who he is, some of us, I guess, feel he is wrong for sharing his personal decisions…I love Glass’s music, thats all I have experienced of him… I cannot love him personally because I have not experienced him in person…even though I’m sure that if I were to meet him oersonally, I would love him in that sense as well…but we always tend to judge people through thoughts conceived without experience.