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

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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, co ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 28th 2007 by Open Court
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Mardin Uzeri
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was totally written for me.
Bradley
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Pink Floyd is not just a band for burnt-out hippie potheads. The one chapter missing from this book... a chapter devoted to Roger Waters socialist politics. Then again, if this was written by American "Philosophers" you can't expect they'd know anything about socialism.
Stan
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Amanda
Mar 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Philosophy fans
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.
Scott
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Pink Floyd, at their peak, remains for me somehow larger than life. So I used a gift certificate to pick this book up, after a quick perusal suggested it could actually be interesting. The first essay in the book, by the editor, is actually a quite interesting deconstruction of the oeuvre. The next few essays weren't so hot, but I'm sure I'll pick it up again and read more of them.
Reksa Vali
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pink Floyd, seperti tipikal band inggris kebanyakan yang unik, progresif, cerdas, skill full dan inovatif. tapi mendengar sekilas barisan discography Pink Floyd sepertinya jauh dari cukup untuk memahami apa yang di bawa pink floyd dalam musiknya dan kemana musik mereka membawa pendengarnya. band yang lahir di tahun 60an ini adalah artefak berharga dari benih etintas pop culture yang tumbuh subur kemudian. kegilaan pertunjukan mereka di tahun 60, ekperimentasi dan ekplorasi beragam synthesizer hi ...more
Gerry
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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Good money spinner this. Put the Pink Floyd on the cover than, concentrating mainly on Dark Side and afterwards including the Waters almost solos, and then watch the lucre flow in.

It's OK, written by people who don not know too much about Floyd from the point of origin and who are not au fait with all of the catalogue and the bootlegs. Good for a bit of a wheeze. Seeing them live before the 60 pound gorilla came along were some of the best shows I have ever seem and experienced...heard is not de
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Keith LaFountaine
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This is a book that can be misconstrued in a number of ways. It's not entirely about Pink Floyd, nor is it really for a Floyd fan interested in reading about the band. This is actual philosophical interpretations of the music, often relating to other theories and philosophers. It can be dense at times due to this.

However, with that said, I loved this book. Some essays were a bit dry or repetitive, but overall there are some very interesting comparisons here that illuminate not only Flo
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Christopher Rex
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Some of the essays in this collection are better than others. Overall, a very interesting read, even if you are not the biggest Floyd fan. Many of the philosophical questions presented are very interesting in their own right, but the connections to Floyd add an interesting twist to the thinking. Recommended for the Floyd Fan, for sure
Megan
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Each chapter is written by a different author. Some are very boring, some read like a term paper (one compares the album Animals to the book Animal Farm - very interesting) Some of the chapters are more psychodelic-y than I would like, but over all, I enjoyed the book.
Kip
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it
In progress. Each chapter by a different author delving into one specific philosophical school and taking proof points from various Pink Floyd songs and lyrics. Probably only for the hard core Floyd fans. Like me...
David
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think this book was written by the same people who write Star Trek guide books.
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“[Roger] Waters has suggested that empathy is the central theme of all the band[Pink Floyd]'s classic, mature works beginning with [the album] Meddle. Waters singles out the following lines from "Echoes": Strangers passing in the street / By chance two seperate glances meet / And I am you and what I see is me.” 5 likes
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