Pink Floyd and Philosophy: Careful with that Axiom, Eugene! [NOOK Book]

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With their early experiments in psychedelic rock music in the 1960s, and their epic recordings of the 1970s and '80s, Pink Floyd became one of the most influential and recognizable rock bands in history. As "The Pink Floyd Sound," the band created sound and light shows that defined psychedelia in England and inspired similar movements in the Jefferson Airplane's San Francisco and Andy Warhol's New York City. The band's subsequent recordings forged rock music's connections to orchestral music, literature, and ...

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With their early experiments in psychedelic rock music in the 1960s, and their epic recordings of the 1970s and '80s, Pink Floyd became one of the most influential and recognizable rock bands in history. As "The Pink Floyd Sound," the band created sound and light shows that defined psychedelia in England and inspired similar movements in the Jefferson Airplane's San Francisco and Andy Warhol's New York City. The band's subsequent recordings forged rock music's connections to orchestral music, literature, and philosophy. "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall" ignored pop music's ordinary topics to focus on themes such as madness, existential despair, brutality, alienation, and socially induced psychosis. They also became some of the best-selling recordings of all time.

In this collection of essays, sixteen scholars expert in various branches of philosophy set the controls for the heart of the sun to critically examine the themes, concepts, and problems—usually encountered in the pages of Heidegger, Foucault, Sartre, or Orwell—that animate and inspire Pink Floyd's music. These include the meaning of existence, the individual's place in society, the interactions of knowledge and power in education, the contradictions of art and commerce, and the blurry line—the tragic line, in the case of Floyd early member Syd Barrett (died in 2006)—between genius and madness. Having dominated pop music for nearly four decades, Pink Floyd's dynamic and controversial history additionally opens the way for these authors to explore controversies about intellectual property, the nature of authorship, and whether wholes—especially in the case of rock bands—are more than the sums of their parts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812697452
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 480,359
  • File size: 500 KB

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George A. Reisch teaches philosophy at Northwestern University and is the author of How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science (Cambridge 2005). He is the series editor for Open Court's Popular Culture and Philosophy series.
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Table of Contents


Pink Floyd: From Pompeii to Philosophy     ix
Pink Floyd in Popular Culture     1
"I Hate Pink Floyd," and other Fashion Mistakes of the 1960s, '70s, and Beyond   George A. Reisch     3
Life and Death on The Dub Side of the Moon   Cari Callis     17
Dark and Infinite   Sue Mroz     25
Pigs Training Dogs to Exploit Sheep: Animals as a Beast Fable Dystopia   Pat Croskery     35
Exploring the Dark Side of the Rainbow   Andrew Zimmerman Jones     43
Mashups and Mixups: Pink Floyd as Cinema   Josef Steiff     49
Alienation (Several Different Ones)     59
Dragged Down by the Stone: Pink Floyd, Alienation, and the Pressures of Life   David Detmer     61
Roger Waters: Artist of the Absurd   Deena Weinstein     81
Theodor Adorno, Pink Floyd, and the Psychedelics of Alienation   Edward Macan     95
I and Thou and "Us and Them": Existential Encounters on The Dark Side of The Moon (and Beyond)   David MacGregor Johnston     121
Apples and Oranges? Or just Apples?     139
Pulling Together as a Team: Collective Action and Pink Floyd's Intentions   Ted Gracyk     141
The Dinner Band on the Cruise Ship of Theseus   Michael F. Patton, Jr.     163
Perception, Non-Being and other Empty Spaces     177
Distorted View: A Saucerful of Skepticism   Scott Calef     179
Wish You Were Here (But You Aren't): Pink Floyd And Non-Being   Jere O'Neill Surber     191
It's All Dark: The Eclipse of the Damaged Brain   Randall E. Auxier     201
The Art of Insanity: Nietzsche, Barrett, and Beyond     229
Wandering And Dreaming: The Tragic Life of Syd Barrett   Erin Kealey     231
Submersion, Subversion, and Syd: The Madcap Laughs and Barrett between Nietzsche and Benjamin   Brandon Forbes     243
The Worms and the Wall: Michel Foucault on Syd Barrett   George A. Reisch     257
Living Pink   Steven Gimbel     271
Selected Pink Floyd Discography     279
In the Flesh...     283
Index     287
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  • Anonymous

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    There are a lot of these pop-culture and philosophy books out th

    There are a lot of these pop-culture and philosophy books out there, but this one was actually worth the read because of the nature of Pink Floyd's music. Definitely worth the read. It will help you understand some of the underlying meanings to the songs we all know and love, as well as give you a history lesson about rock music in the 60's and 70's and the Pink Floyd's own evolution.

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