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Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class

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Winner, 2012 IASPM Canada Book Prize

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Acknowledgments Introduction 1. "Anywhere But Here": Rush and Suburban Desires for Escape 2. "Swimming Against the Stream": Individualism and Middle-Class Subjectivity in Rush 3. "The Work of Gifted Hands": Professionalism and Virtuosity in Rush's Style 4. "Experience to Extremes": Discipline, Detachment, and Excess in Rush 5. "Reflected in Another Pair of Eyes": Representations of Rush Fandom 6. "Scoffing at the Wise?": Rush, Rock Criticism, and the Middlebrow Notes Works Cited Selected Discography Index

About the Author

Chris McDonald is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in popular music studies. He teaches at Cape Breton University.


"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

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