NIETZSCHE'S JUKEBOX has just gone up over at The Midriffs. It is a draft but if I didn't throw it up it might never get completed.

The text consists of an short essay on Nietzsche's understanding of the healthy, progressive "Dionysian" current in music and culture. Scholars who over-emphasize the cognitive line (and who therefore think cultural progress is primarily associated with concepts) often undervalue Zarathustra, Ecce Homo & the attacks on Wagner. Yet to read Nietzsche's writings he considers these not only his senior works but also the most illustrative of his major project -- elucidating the redemptive aesthetic which accompanies advancing human culture and empowerment.

Accompanying this text is a playlist which can be listed to online (OVERPLAY (grooveshark playlist). Each song or fusion-of-songs has been selected not for its listening pleasure but to illustrate a facet of the Dionysian Spirit. An exegesis of each song if found within the text.

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