A history of realistic rock rebellion: Rush, Heidegger and the spirit of authenticity

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A history of realistic rock rebellion : Rush, Heidegger and the spirit of authenticity. / Barron, Lee.

In: Popular Music History, Vol. 11, No. 3, 16.12.2019, p. 210-227.

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