Rush and Philosophy Book Now Available

Rush and Philosophy
It's been nearly two years since long time Rush and philosophy author Durrell Bowman, along with co-editor Jim Berti announced that they were creating an anthology of various information on the topic of Rush and Philosophy. The final product, a 288 page paperback book, is now available and shipping and can be ordered HERE via Amazon.Com.

Below is an excerpt from Amazon:
Fiercely independent of trends, Rush has maintained a clear mission and purpose throughout their career. With a unique sound, best described as the "Rush sound," the band has been able to blend thought-provoking lyrics and music for almost four decades. The Rush style of music can trigger the unusual combination of air-drumming, air-guitar, singing along, and fist-pumping, just as much as it can thoughtful reflection and deep thinking, making Rush "The Thinking Man's Band."

Rush and Philosophy does not set out to sway the public's opinion, nor is it an awkward gushing of how much the authors love Rush. Rush and Philosophy is a fascinating look at the music and lyrics of the band, setting out to address thought-provoking questions. For example, elements of philosophical thinking from the likes of Jean Paul-Sartre, Ayn Rand, and Plato can be found in Peart's lyrics; does this make Peart a disciple of philosophy' In what ways has technology influenced the band through the decades? Can there be too much technology for a power-trio? Can listening to Rush's music and lyrics lead listeners to think more clearly, responsibly, and happily? Is the band's music a "pleasant distraction" from the singing of Geddy Lee? In what ways is Rush Canadian? How can a band that has been referred to as "right-wing" also criticize big government, religion, and imperialism?

Rush and Philosophy is written by an assortment of philosophers and scholars with eclectic and diverse backgrounds who love Rush's music and who "get" the meaning and importance of it. They discuss Rush with the enthusiasm of fans and the seriousness of college professors. The book will be a must-read for the many fans who have long known that Rush deserves as much respect as the ideas, concepts, and puzzles about human existence they write and compose music about.
An introduction to the book can be read HERE at author Durrell Bowman's website.

A listing of all the sections and sub-sections of the book are available HERE.


  1. Uh, sorry, but I don't need other people to interpret Neil's lyrics or the band's intentions or philosophies. They've done that very well all on their own in countless interviews.

    (Re-posted by admin)

  2. Well put, MrSatyre. The last thing needed is a bunch of wannabes and academics 'deciphering' Rush music.

    (Re-posted by admin)

  3. The above two comments are off base, but not only that: they are clearly not written by fans. Who doesn't like to share ideas about Rush with other people? Who doesn't like to write and talk about Rush? Why are you on this blog posting your opinion about Rush? Why do you read Rush blogs? Duh. Sorry, but you contradict yourselves with your petty and presumably illiterate snark. The point of the book, it seems to me, is to keep the conversations about Rush going. The music and lyrics are so good that, yes, they demand in-depth analysis. Have a good day.

  4. Unlike others, I think that this is a very bad idea. Rush as it related to, say, Decartes, Kant, and Locke? Did anyone tell Neil?


Post a Comment

Share This