Pink Floyd and Philosophy: Careful with that Axiom, Eugene!

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George A. Reisch
Open Court Publishing, 2007 - Music - 298 pages
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Pink Floyd’s sound and light shows in the 1960s defined psychedelia, but their later recordings combined rock, orchestral music, literature, and philosophy. Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall ignored pop music’s usual strictures to focus on themes of madness, despair, brutality, and alienation. Here, 16 scholars set delve into the heart of Pink Floyd by examining ideas, concepts, and problems usually encountered not in a rock band's lyrics but in the pages of Heidegger, Foucault, and Sartre. These include the meaning of existence, the individual's place in society, the contradictions of art and commerce, and the blurry line between genius and madness. The band’s dynamic history allows the writers to explore controversies about intellectual property, the nature of authorship, and whether wholes, especially in the case of rock bands, are more than the sum of their parts.
  

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Review: Pink Floyd and Philosophy: Careful with that Axiom, Eugene! (Popular Culture and Philosophy #30)

User Review  - Hamed Babaei - Goodreads

This book is for anyone interested in the history of the band as well as understanding the symbolism used. By the end of this book you will know how deep Pink really is. Read full review

Review: Pink Floyd and Philosophy: Careful with that Axiom, Eugene! (Popular Culture and Philosophy #30)

User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

I was interested in this book because I'm a fan of Pink Floyd. It would've definitely helped if I had a better knowledge of philosophy basics before reading this. It just didn't make any sense to me. Read full review

Contents

Life and Death on The Dub Side of the Moon
17
Animals as a Beast
35
Alienation Several Different Ones 000
49
Artist of the Absurd
81
Theodor Adorno Pink Floyd and the Dialectics
95
on The Dark Side of The Moon and Beyond
121
Collective Action
141
The Dinner Band on the Cruise Ship of Theseus
163
Perception NonBeing and other
177
The Eclipse of the Damaged Brain
199
The Tragic Life and Art
229
Michel Foucault on Madness
255
Living Pink
269
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George A. Reisch is an independent scholar

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