Rush: Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Excellence
Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence
Rush is often referred to as a libertarian rock band, but really, what the band is channeling is an Aristotelian individualism, a philosophy that strongly resonates with today's 40-somethings. This helps explain the band's resurgence in popularity, culminating in its 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 'Rush: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Excellence' brings together the excitement of the band's progressive music, performed by three musicians whose mastery of their instruments has won them the admiration of their peers, and the surprising philosophical sophistication of their music's lyrics.
The book is a systematic look at the Aristotelian philosophy embedded in the band's lyrics over its 40-year recording career.
Although the topic of the book is academic, the writing is sharp, down-to-earth, and leavened with a dry wit.
As a cultural phenomenon, Rush is worthy of serious study, and although other books have looked at the philosophical character of the band's music, this is the first time the music over the band's entire 40-year career is demonstrated to fall under a single, unified theory: Aristotelian individualism.
Anyone interested in the band's music, popular culture, and philosophical ideas...