Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17 - Free Philosophy

A free surprise for all Elvis Presley fans; the ebook "How Does It Feel?: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Philosophy of Rock and Roll" by Grant Maxwell will be available for free download on Friday, April 18th.

How Does It Feel? traces the significance of rock and roll through the early careers of Presley, The Beatles, and Dylan, drawing on some of the most profound philosophical ideas of the last few centuries.

According to Richard Tarnas, author of national bestseller The Passion of the Western Mind: “Grant Maxwell examines the recorded music of popular culture with the same subtlety and care as he brings to the literary and philosophical texts of high culture. He seeks not just breadth of knowledge but coherence of insight; not just accumulation of knowledge but depth of understanding.”  From the recording of Presley’s first hit at Sun Studio to the Beatles’ primal Hamburg initiation to Dylan’s “transfiguration,” this study suggests that archaic modes of thought, including those associated with mysticism, alchemy, shamanism, and ecstatic spiritual practice, and even with often trivialized phenomena described by words like “magic,” “destiny,” and “prophecy,” are vitally important for understanding how these musicians were able to catalyze the inception of an epochal revolution in human consciousness.

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