'Metallica And Philosophy' Book Examines 'Thinking Man's' Metal Band

March 7, 2007

Blackwell Publishing is about to release a book called "Metallica and Philosophy", which is said to be as "a provocative study of the 'thinking man's' metal band." A description of the book reads as follows:

"Hit the lights and jump in the fire, you're about to enter the School of Rock! Today's lecture will be a crash course in brain surgery. This hard and fast lesson is taught by instructors who graduated from the old school — they actually paid $5.98 for The $5.98 EP. But back before these philosophy professors cut their hair, they were lieutenants in the Metal Militia.

"METALLICA is the 'thinking man's' metal band and the headbanger's CNN. Snobs and music critics have often dismissed METALLICA as mindless noise; we're here to set the record straight. 'In pursuit of truth no matter where it lies,' this book considers questions that philosophers have been pondering for ages, including: Does METALLICA's music provide an Aristotelian catharsis or does it just make kids go postal? Can 'Fade to Black' save you from suicide? Are we all in the 'Sanitarium'? How can we 'Escape' to be free? What can Nietzsche tell us about the God That Failed? What can Descartes and 'One' tell us about the relationship between the mind and the body? Did Lars make a sound argument against Napster?"

"Metallica and Philosophy":

* Is a provocative study of the "thinking man's" metal band
* Maps out the connections between Aristotle, Nietzsche, Marx, Kierkegaard, and METALLICA, to demonstrate the band's philosophical significance
* Uses themes in METALLICA's work to illuminate topics such as freedom, truth, identity, existentialism, questions of life and death, metaphysics, epistemology, the mind-body problem, morality, justice, and what we owe one another
* Draws on METALLICA's lyrical content, Lars Ulrich's relationship with Napster, as well as the documentary "Some Kind of Monster"
* Serves as a guide for thinking through the work of one of the greatest rock bands of all time
* Compiled by the editor of "Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing and The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer"

"METALLICA is more than just a band, and this book is much more than just a ticket to ride down memory lane. This is an in-depth analysis of the soundtrack to your life. So start your CD player, fire up your iPod, or, better yet, break out the old vinyl. We're going' for a ride with the four horsemen, and a few philosophers too."

Commented ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian: "The most elucidative dissertation on METALLICA ever written. And a kick-ass read to boot!!!"

Added Joel McIver, author of "Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica": "'Metallica and Philosophy' is, at long last, the book which finally gives everyone's favorite headbangers due credit for being intelligent, questioning, and even cerebral."

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