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Live interview with author of Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class

Thu, Jan 14, 2010@3:09PM | comments removed/disabled

UPDATE - 1/15@1:10PM: For those of you who missed the live broadcast, the interview will be posted to the Mainstreet Cape Breton website later today.

UPDATE - 1/14@4:13PM: The interview has started. They're playing The Spirit of Radio to lead into it. Listen in at this link.

Chris McDonald is the author of the recently released book Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown. Chris will be discussing the book later this afternoon at 4:10PM EST (about one hour from the time of this post) on CBC Radio Nova Scotia's Mainstreet Cape Breton program with host Wendy Bergfeldt. You can listen live to the interview at this location by clicking on the Cape Breton link under the Media: CBC Radio One tab on the right side of the page. Here's the Amazon book description:

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.

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