Blogospheres

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

You Can't Have Freedom for Free: On Rush, Ayn Rand, and Not Compromising
9:54AM EST | comments |

Reason Magazine posted an article adapted from FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe's latest book Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto earlier today. The article is titled You Can't Have Freedom for Free: On Rush, Ayn Rand, and Not Compromising and starts out by describing how Rush's 2112 helped turn Kibbe on to Ayn Rand and libertarianism.

In 1977, I bought my first Rush album. I was 13. The title of the disc was 2112, and the foldout jacket had a very cool and ominous red star on the cover. ... The moment I dropped that stylus, and that needle caught the groove, I became obsessed with Rush like only thirteen-year-old boys can get obsessed. I turned up the volume as loud as I thought I could get away with, and I rocked. Mom shut that jam session down real fast. So I turned down the stereo, sat down, and began to read the liner notes inside the album cover jacket instead. The text inside the cover read, "With acknowledgement to the genius of Ayn Rand." What an odd name, I thought. Who is Ayn Rand? ...

He then goes on to use Rush's struggles in developing 2112 after the relatively disappointing sales of their previous album Caress of Steel to exemplify his argument that true innovation comes from not compromising your ideals, despite external pressures.

... Peart penned the dystopian lyrics to 2112 thinking about his individual freedom. "I did not think of politics and I did not think of global oppression," he recalls. No, he was thinking: "These people are messing with me!" He and the rest of the band found their inspiration in Anthem, the same novella that had turned me on. "You can say what you want about Ayn Rand and all the other implications of her work, but her artistic manifesto, for lack of a better term, was the one that struck home with us," says the band's lead singer and bass guitarist Geddy Lee. "It's about creative freedom. It's about believing in yourself." ...

You can read the entire article online at this location and order Kibbe's book here. Kibbe was also a guest on NPR's Weekend Edition a few weeks ago and during the interview a snippet of 2112 was played while Kibbe described how Rush's 2112 inspired him; the transcript of the interview is available here. Thanks to Travis B for the heads up.

Share

 

 

Rush is a Band is maintained by Ed Stenger/rushisaband
All Rush-related content is © 2002-2014 Anthem Entertainment unless otherwise noted.
Rush is a Band is in no way associated with nor endorsed by Rush and/or Atlantic Records, Mercury Records, Roadrunner Records and/or Anthem Entertainment; their parents or their affiliates.
Rush et al and any/all related names, marks and/or insignias
are trademarks of Atlantic, Mercury and/or Roadrunner Records.
For promotional & private use only. It is strictly prohibited to republish,
reproduce, redistribute, or profit from the content found herein.

... of Salesmen


COMPLETE Clockwork Angels Graphic Novel

R40 6-disc Blu-ray Box Set

R40 10-disc DVD Box Set

Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion

Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence

Far and Near: Days Like These by Neil Peart

Rush Presto SACD

Rush Rediscovered LP box set

12x12 RUSH 2015 Calendar

Rush: The Rise Of Kings

Rush FAQ

Clockwork Angels: The Novel paperback edition

CONTRIBUTE!
Receive a FREE
[RUSH IS A BAND bumper sticker]
with any donation
of $3 or more.




Random Sample...

... hold the one you need [go >]