Did Rush Predict Google’s Driverless Cars on the Moving Pictures Album?

Let’s begin with a review of “Red Barchetta.”

Got that?  Now check out this story from SF Gate:

As the San Francisco Chronicle’s biggest Rush fan, I have spent my career defending the Canadian trio with a myopic fervor. This includes the lyrical vision of Neil Peart, the sci-fi-obsessed, philosophy-obsessed, snow dog-obsessed drummer/lyricist for the band.

Make fun no more, Rush haters. More than 30 years after the release of Rush’s “Red Barchetta,” one of the more popular and thematically “out there” songs from the band, it’s all coming true. Peart appears to have correctly predicted the inevitable tech company-controlled future.

“Red Barchetta,” the second track on the band’s popular Moving Pictures, is “inspired by” an old Road and Track short story by Richard Foster. But after reading the 1970s storyabout an illegal drive in a dystopian future, I would estimate that 90 percent of the futuristic flourishes in the song came out of Peart’s head.

We’ll explore this theory stanza by stanza.

Continue reading then go here for Conan O’Brien’s take on Google’s new car.  It kills kittens, apparently.

Google Driverless Car

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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