Pulling down barriers: Neil Peart, autobiographical confession and negotiated rock celebrity

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Pulling down barriers: Neil Peart, autobiographical confession and negotiated rock celebrity. / Barron, Lee.

In: Celebrity Studies, Vol. 7, No. 3, 01.08.2016, p. 323-338.

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