June 15, 2016

Neil Peart: Cultural Repercussions

Neil Peart: Cultural Repercussions
Though Neil Peart is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest living drummers, few studies have been devoted to his writings. Yet, Peart is very much a man of his words. He writes lyrics, travelogues, short stories, essays, and books of cultural criticism. In terms of his cultural impact, he is also one of North America's greatest living men of letters. The themes he offers in his writings are timeless: philosophy, journeys, growth, exploration, excellence, art, satisfaction, happiness, religion, politics, individualism, expression, natural history, cultural criticism, life, love, loss, redemption, and beauty. Peart wants every person to persevere through individual trials, and find his or her unique gifts and abilities and, ultimately, true happiness. Most tellingly, Peart does not just profess such things, he has lived them and continues to live them. Never satisfied with second best or any form of defeat, Peart challenges himself time and time again to live up to his own philosophy. And he has succeeded through great personal adversity and, at times, irrational professional jealousy of and hatred toward him, and he has always succeeded through grace.
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Though Neil Peart is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest living drummers, few studies have been devoted to his writings. Yet, Peart is very much a man of his words. He writes lyrics, travelogues, short stories, essays, and books of cultural criticism. In terms of his cultural impact, he is also one of North America’s greatest living men of letters. The themes he offers in his writings are timeless: philosophy, journeys, growth, exploration, excellence, art, satisfaction, happiness, religion, politics, individualism, expression, natural history, cultural criticism, life, love, loss, redemption, and beauty. Peart wants every person to persevere through individual trials, and find his or her unique gifts and abilities and, ultimately, true happiness. Most tellingly, Peart does not just profess such things, he has lived them and continues to live them. Never satisfied with second best or any form of defeat, Peart challenges himself time and time again to live up to his own philosophy. And he has succeeded through great personal adversity and, at times, irrational professional jealousy of and hatred toward him, and he has always succeeded through grace.

About the Author
Bradley J. Birzer

Though proudly raised on the Great Plains of Kansas, Brad Birzer is now a professor of history at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He is author of several biographies, he writes weekly and monthly columns for a number of web and print publications (commenting on things he doesn’t himself always understand), and he madly reviews anything new and brilliant in the prog and rock worlds. Birzer's several biographies have been favorably reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and in numerous national mainstream periodicals, as well as being nominated for a number of awards. When not writing, he’s reading, reading, and reading. He also loves being a dad, a chef, and a hiker. When he has the chance to visit the Rockies, very few mortal things have the power to stop him.

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