Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter Happier More Deductive

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Brandon W. Forbes, George A. Reisch
Open Court, Apr 1, 2009 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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Since their breakthrough hit "Creep" in 1993, Radiohead has continued to make waves throughout popular and political culture with its views about the Bush presidency (its 2003 album was titled Hail to the Thief), its anti-corporatism, its pioneering efforts to produce ecologically sound road tours, and, most of all, its decision in 2007 to sell its latest album, In Rainbows, online with a controversial "pay-what-you-want" price. Radiohead and Philosophy offers fresh ways to appreciate the lyrics, music, and conceptual ground of this highly innovative band. The chapters in this book explain how Radiohead’s music connects directly to the philosophical phenomenology of thinkers like Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Martin Heidegger, the existentialism of Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre, and the philosophical politics of Karl Marx, Jean Baudrillard, and Noam Chomsky. Fans and critics know that Radiohead is "the only band that matters" on the scene today — Radiohead and Philosophy shows why.

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Title Page
Radiohead or the Philosophy of
All the Argument We Need
Radiohead and Some Questions about Music
New Shades
Why Such Sad Songs?
The Impossible Utopias in Hail to the Thief
Where Power Ends and Violence Begins
Evil and Politics in Hail to the Thief
The Mutilation of Voice in Kid A Or My John Mayer Problem
Why a Rock Band in a Desolate Time?
The Signature of Time in Pyramid Song
Fitter Happier Rolling a Large Rock Up a Hill

Start Making Sense
Taking the Sting Out of Environmental Virtue Ethics
Chewing the Fat with Kant and Nietzsche
We Capitalists Suck Young Blood
The Cross the Questions
Everybody Hates Rainbows
Nietzsche Nihilism and Hail to the Thief
The Real Politics in Radiohead
Kid A as a Musing on the Postmodern Condition
Hyperreally Saying Something
Sexier More Seductive
Selected chronological radiohead discography
Where we got our big ideas
Index for a book
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About the author (2009)

Brandon Forbes is a freelance writer based in Chicago, IL.
George Reisch is the author of How the Cold War Transformed the Philosophy of Science and editor of Pink Floyd and Philosophy, Monty Python and Philosophy, and Bullshit and Philosophy.

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