Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown

Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown

by Christopher J. McDonald
     
 

Canadian progressive rock band Rush was the voice of the suburban middle
class. In this book, Chris McDonald assesses the band's impact on popular music and
its legacy for legions of fans. McDonald explores the ways in which Rush's critique
of suburban life -- and its strategies for escape -- reflected middle-class
aspirations and anxieties, while

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Overview

Canadian progressive rock band Rush was the voice of the suburban middle
class. In this book, Chris McDonald assesses the band's impact on popular music and
its legacy for legions of fans. McDonald explores the ways in which Rush's critique
of suburban life -- and its strategies for escape -- reflected middle-class
aspirations and anxieties, while its performances manifested the dialectic in prog
rock between discipline and austerity, and the desire for spectacle and excess. The
band's reception reflected the internal struggles of the middle class over cultural
status. Critics cavalierly dismissed, or apologetically praised, Rush's music for
its middlebrow leanings. McDonald's wide-ranging musical and cultural analysis sheds
light on one of the most successful and enduring rock bands of the 1970s and
1980s.

Editorial Reviews

PopMatters

"If you are the sort who is a Rush freak, a musician, and a fan of academic writing, you'll enjoy this book." —PopMatters

Goldmine

"McDonald has a lot of interesting points to make about the music, the band, and what was going on in the world surrounding them at the time. Rush fans who are interested in something more in-depth than the normal run of band biographies should at least take a look at this volume." —Goldmine, February 12, 2010

editor of The Rock History Reader - Theo Cateforis

"A well-researched, provocative glimpse into one of the most popular, yet oft-overlooked bands in the history of rock." —Theo Cateforis, editor of The Rock History Reader

author of Neil Young and the Poetics of Energy - William Echard

"McDonald makes an important contribution to our understanding of the middle class as a force in North American rock culture, and at the same time offers a pioneering look at one of the most idiosyncratic and influential bands of the past four decades. This book should be welcomed not only by those with an interest in hard and progressive rock, but also by anyone who wishes to understand the role of social class in recent popular culture." —William Echard, Carleton University, author of Neil Young and the Poetics of Energy

From the Publisher

"McDonald makes an important contribution to our understanding of the middle class as a force in North American rock culture, and at the same time offers a pioneering look at one of the most idiosyncratic and influential bands of the past four decades. This book should be welcomed not only by those with an interest in hard and progressive rock, but also by anyone who wishes to understand the role of social class in recent popular culture." —William Echard, Carleton University, author of Neil Young and the Poetics of Energy

"If you are the sort who is a Rush freak, a musician, and a fan of academic writing, you'll enjoy this book." —PopMatters

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253004048
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/02/2009
Series:
Profiles in Popular Music
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
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