The Philosophy of Rock ’n’ Roll
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Rock and roll—music and lyrics—has often been studied from a sociological perspective, examining such events as young rebels listening to Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and such artists as U2 with their anti-racist songs. In The Philosophy of Rock ’n’ Roll, Roger Pouivet approaches this musical phenomenon by seeking to answer an important question: What can philosophy tell us about rock ’n’ roll?
Roger Pouivet’s latest work differs from books in music theory or history: It is neither a critique of music nor an exploration of the sociological aspects of the form. He sets out instead to explain the very nature of rock music whose aesthetic is derived from the fact that it is first recorded in studios and then delivered to the masses. Rock and roll, he finds, is more than just a live experience; it is an artifact that exists because of ever-evolving technologies.
The Philosophy of Rock ’n’ Roll presents a new way of thinking about the music that surrounds us. Pouivet introduces “the metaphysics of common things,” a concept which holds that rock is categorized and defined by its ubiquity in our lives and its availability via familiar objects, such as CD players or, increasingly, iPods, that deliver the music in a constant stream. The omnipresence of the music also affects our emotions wherever we are. This ontological look at rock and roll shows that there is a philosophical dimension to the art form.
Roger Pouivet :
Roger Pouivet has a Ph.D. in philosophy and teaches at the University of Nancy. He is also a director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, and is a specialist in metaphysics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of ideas. He is the author of Après Wittgenstein, Saint Thomas (PUF, 1997), published in English as After Wittgenstein, Saint Thomas (St. Augustine’s Press, 2008).