Radiohead and Philosophy

Radiohead and Philosophy

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Since their breakthrough hit qCreepq 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 qpay-what-you-wantq 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 Radioheada€™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 qthe only band that mattersq on the scene today a€” Radiohead and Philosophy shows why.Whilethe music industrywas upended in 2007bythe debut ofIn Rainbows andother albums distributedby artists themselves, ... Philosophy, though, has no difficulty keeping upwith Radiohead. ... that endusers (previously knownas a€œfansa€ before ourdigital age) can manipulate and re image thedata for themselves. This is one of many philosophical spaces Radiohead has openedfor usa€”spaces in which their music, their worldview, and their encounter withthe worldcan connect to our own.

Title:Radiohead and Philosophy
Author:George Reisch
Publisher:Open Court - 2013-08-21


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