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ISBN 978-0-8126-9758-2


288 pages

Winter 2011/12

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The Rolling Stones and Philosophy

It's Just a Thought Away

Edited by Luke Dick and George A. Reisch
Volume 64 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Asked whether he had found satisfaction, Mick Jagger replied: “financially dissatisfied, sexually satisfied, philosophically trying.” In The Rolling Stones and Philosophy, twenty-one professional thinkers try looking for the Philosopher’s Stones—that’s the nature of their game.

Are the Stones hedonists or epicureans? Why do rock’n’rollers and neo-conservatives despise each other? Were the boys at fault at Altamont? What artistic and ethical theories lie behind the competing worldviews of The Stones and The Beatles? How can Mick have sympathy for the Devil?

The Rolling Stones and Philosophy: It’s Just a Thought Away. Sometimes you can get what you want.

“I know, it’s only rock’n’roll, but I like thinking about it. If you too think the Stones are worth thinking about, and thinking about deeply, this is the book for you. It’s said that philosophy begins in wonder. Fifty years of the Rolling Stones—now THERE’S something to wonder about!”

— Joel Rudinow, author of Soul Music: Tracking the Spiritual Roots of Pop from Plato to Motown

The Rolling Stones and Philosophy makes me want to dance and sing with Mick, play guitar with Keith and Ronnie, and see if I can keep pace with Charlie, just like I do when I listen to The Stones. These authors will engulf any reader in the many surprising philosophical themes that are part of the life, music, and relationships of The Stones. Everyone knows The Stones wrote some of the greatest songs of all time, but with this book we find out what sort of sympathies they had for the Devil, that they made a science-fiction-themed concept album, that Mick and Keith are cosmically entangled, and that the boys are masters of theory, or at least what the ancient Greeks called theoria (ecstasy!).”

— Courtland Lewis, co-editor of Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside

“The Stones’ first US number one album was Out of Our Heads, not Out of Our Pants. If you just can’t make no connection between the Rolling Stones and Philosophy, prepare to be shattered as 7 X 3 scholars—pillars of society—fire your imagination and expose another, headier side to the greatest rock’n’roll band in the world. Once you start you’ll never stop.”

— Scott Calef, editor of Led Zeppelin and Philosophy: All Will Be Revealed

Luke Dick lives in New York City where he performs original music and teaches philosophy. George A. Reisch teaches philosophy at Northwestern University and edited the much-acclaimed Pink Floyd and Philosophy: Careful with That Axiom Eugene! (2007).

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