Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rush And Philosophy: new book due in 2011

Interesting news for Rush fans…

Rushisaband is reporting that a new Rush book is due in 2011….but this isn’t any ordinary look at the band.

"Back in June of 2009 we learned that Open Court Publishing had put out a call for papers for a RUSH And Philosophy book that they were planning to release as part of their popular Culture And Philosophy book series.

Longtime Rush and philosophy author Durrell Bowman, along with Jim Berti, are the co-editors of the 288-page anthology which is slated for release in May of next year and is now available for pre-order via Amazon.


The book is divided into 4 sections containing 16 essays with a complete title of "Rush And Philosophy: Always Hopeful, Yet Discontent."

Part I: “The Blacksmith and the Artist”
1. Rush’s Libertarianism Never “Fit the Plan”
2. Hardly Rand-y Peart
3. “What Can This Strange Device Be?”: Man and Machine in Rush
4. Barenaked Death Metal Trip-Hopping on Industrial Strings

Part II: “I Want to Look Around Me Now”
1. Myth, Mystery, and Mist?: Secular Humanism and Mystical Language in Rush
2. The Inner and Outer Worlds of Minds and Selves
3. Contre Nous: Musical Otherness in Rush
4. How is Rush Canadian?

Part III: “To the Margin of Error”
1. “Cruising in Prime Time”: The Drumming of Neil Peart as Distraction
2. The Groove of Rush’s Complex Rhythms
3. ‘Nailed It!’: Virtuosity, YouTube Performance, and Rush’s Aesthetics of Replicability
4. From Plato’s Cave to Benjamin’s Language Forest: On Imitating Rush

Part IV: “The Ebb and Flow of Tidal Fortune”
1. Training Listeners to Think, Feel, and Act
2. Ghost Riding on the Razor’s Edge: Neil Peart’s Search for Meaning through Tragedy
3. Honey on the Rim of “The Larger Bowl”
4. “Bearing a Gift Beyond Price”: Valuing the Music of Rush

The Culture and Philosophy book series are collections of essays by academic philosophers exploring the meanings, concepts, and puzzles within television shows, movies, music and other icons of popular culture. Since its inception in 2000 with "Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing" the series has published over 40 titles including "Lord of the Rings and Philosophy," "Star Wars and Philosophy," "Bob Dylan and Philosophy" and "Pink Floyd and Philosophy."

Here are some other philosophy-based Rush books available:


Rush – Mystic Rhythms
The Palace Of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI – March 22, 1994