Rush Ph.D. Dissertations

Rush music has been the subject of academic study in three Ph.D. dissertations, all of them submitted in the early 2000s. The first, by Brian Walsh, uses traditional and new analytical tools for tracking the stylistic evolution of Rush’s music through its first four studio albums. The second, by Chris McDonald, looks at the band and its music through an ethnomusicology lens (gender, race, class). And the third, by Durrell Bowman, looks at the appeal of the band’s music to a “post-countercultural” class of young people who put a premium on musical technique rather than on the revolutionary aesthetic of the 1960s.

 Durrell Scott Bowman
“Permanent Change: Rush, Musician’s Rock, and the Progressive Post Counterculture,”(Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003)
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 Christopher J. McDonald 
“Grand Designs: A Musical, Social and Ethnographic Study of Rush,” (Ph.D. Dissertation, York University, 2002)
Q&A with Rush Vault

 Brian M. Walsh
“Structure, Function, and Process in the Early Song Cycles and Extended Songs of the Canadian Rock Group Rush,”(Ph.D. Dissertation, Ohio State University, 2002)
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