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ISBN 978-0-8126-9716-2


288 pages

Spring 2011

Rush and Philosophy

Heart and Mind United

Edited by Jim Berti and Durrell Bowman
Volume 57 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

For forty years Rush has gone its own way, combining serious thought and the highest musical standards to create a uniquely identifiable yet continually evolving musical and lyrical style.

Sticking to their own mission and purpose, fiercely independent of all mindless fashions, Geddy, Alex, and Neil have outlasted their superficial detractors, and are now more popular than ever, with no end in sight to their ever-expanding following. The biggest of all cult bands, they have made the mainstream come to them. They now pack stadiums like no other band, and in number of consecutive platinum and gold albums, they rank third after the Beatles and the Stones.

Rush’s clear-sighted scrutiny of political tyranny, religious orthodoxy, mind control, the nature of free will and individuality, the human potential for fulfillment, and our relationship to machines makes the group a prophetic voice that speaks directly and honestly to millions of receptive minds in every country.

Rush and Philosophy comes at Rush from many different angles and concerns. The writers are scholarly thinkers with diverse backgrounds who love Rush’s music and who “get” the meaning and importance of it.

“Discerning devotees of rock have long known that Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are some of the most original and proficient musicians ever to have graced a rock stage or studio. But not everyone has appreciated the thoughtful and challenging nature of Rush’s compositions. In Rush and Philosophy, nineteen scholars of philosophy and music take up the challenge, showing how we can ‘catch the mystery, catch the drift’ of this great band.”

—MICHAEL BAUR, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University and co-editor of The Beatles and Philosophy

“Rush’s superb artistic achievement owes a lot to the tremendous trio’s uncompromising integrity and dedication. Rush’s detractors are no more, and Rush remains, towering high above the mediocrities. Rush and Philosophy is full of wondrous insights into the music and the thinking of this great rock band.”

—CHRIS MATTHEW SCIABARRA, author of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical

“Rush has rightly attracted attention from thoughtful listeners for the complex structures of their music, their own engagements with ideas, and the integrity of their approach. Rush and Philosophy finally gives thoughtful fans a chance to analyze the many dimensions of Rush’s music and its cultural milieu in depth, and the insights yielded in these investigations are always on a high level and sometimes even profound. Devoted fans of Rush will spend many happy hours with this book and find their appreciation of the band pleasantly deepened.”

—BILL MARTIN, author of Music of Yes

Jim Berti teaches social studies in Albany, New York.

Durrell Bowman is a freelance musicologist and software developer. He earned his PhD in musicology from UCLA with a dissertation on Rush.

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