Rush's Neil Peart 'Totally Betrayed' By Biased Article

04/23/2013
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(Classic Rock) Rush drummer Neil Peart still feels "totally betrayed" by a journalist who interviewed him in the 1970s and portrayed him as a borderline fascist in a subsequent article.

During a conversation with the NME in 1977, Peart was asked about his reasons for basing Rush's song 2112 on the work of libertarian philosopher Ayn Rand.

"I recall that NME interview very well because the conversation was great," Peart recalls in an interview in the forthcoming new edition of Classic Rock. "And we all felt totally betrayed after, because we had a lovely time with the guy. I remember him being so courteous. It was so amicable. As far as I was concerned, we were just having an intellectual conversation. But these things are wide open to misinterpretation, and that was a classic case."

Peart, who has since distanced himself from Rand's writings, added: "I know where I fall politically. And I define it better now: I'm a libertarian, but a bleeding-heart libertarian." more on this story

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