How Ayn Rand inspired a Rock Album

Matt Kibbe,

Release Date
October 28, 2021


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Ayn Rand’s novels ‘The Fountainhead’ and ‘Atlas Shrugged’ helped shape a generation, but it was a lesser-known work, Anthem, that shaped one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time: 2112 by Rush.

In this video, you’ll learn about Objectivism: Rand’s philosophy of rights, man’s rational judgment, and unforced human action. (Learn more about Rand and Objectivism in our “Legends of Liberty” blog series: You’ll hear Rush paying tribute to Rand through unique lyrics and dynamite rock and roll. You’ll even be introduced to Rush’s mastermind, Neil Peart, by the most unlikely of sources: Jack Black from School of Rock.

We also talked to Matt Kibbe, President of Free the People and lifelong Rand reader and Rush fan about the impact of both writer and band on his life and on each other. He tells the story of a band that dared to be different — in their musical style, in the concept of their albums, and even in the length of their songs.

Comment below with a time when you thought differently from everyone else. Were you lauded for it? Were you ostracized for it? How did that reaction make you feel? If Ayn Rand or Neil Peart were here, this much is for sure: they’d stand for your right to go against the grain.

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