33 1/3 Series of books

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Z: I did read it and it is good. A Poe short story, too: you can down it in one sitting.

I should really put together a proposal for "Return to the 36 Chambers".

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Sunday, 10 April 2005 16:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Did anyone hear anything about the Loveless book?

Orange, Sunday, 10 April 2005 16:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Don't know about the Loveless book, but all of these, if you were hoping, ain't happening:

Songs in the Key of Life, by Dave Hesmondhalgh
Parallel Lines, by Elisabeth Vincentelli
Three Feet High and Rising, by Brian Coleman
Tusk, by Stephin Merritt
Computer Love, by Michael Bracewell
Marquee Moon, by David Keenan
Master of Puppets, by Tom Bissell
The Basement Tapes, by Damon Krukowski

The editor/creator of the series, David Barker runs a blog about the series. Email him directly if you like:

http://33third.blogspot.com/

I finally read one of these. I think I picked a great place to start, Douglas Wolk's Live at the Apollo. It was really really good.

Matt Sab (Matt Sab), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 15:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Greatly enjoyed Meat Is Murder, the Joy Division one was more of a factual view but still very interesting, the Dusty one didn't work for me.

zaxxon25 (zaxxon25), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 15:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

God, I cannot wait for the In the Aeroplane over the Sea book. The excerpt and things I've read by the author seem like she really gets it spot on.

PB, Wednesday, 27 July 2005 15:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

why aren't those ones happening?

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 15:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i just bought the James Brown too. not started it yet.

also got the ABBA one, which i devoured in a day. twas OK, wish Ms Vincentelli had spent fewer sentences justifying (or having to justify) the book's very existence. also i'm not sure she cracked the problem of how to order the narrative, though I accept it's a toughie.

zebedee (zebedee), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 15:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

according to the blog:

These are a few of the projects that - for various and sometimes complicated reasons - never made it to fruition. Some came very close to happening, others less so; but they all would have been fun.

Matt Sab (Matt Sab), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 16:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Don't know about the Loveless book, but all of these, if you were hoping, ain't happening:

Songs in the Key of Life, by Dave Hesmondhalgh

Why not?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 July 2005 16:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

For those ...

Matos' Sign O'The Times book's prince has been slashed (on Amazon at least) to $4.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0826415474/qid=1122928710/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/002-2999298-5726417?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

Matt Sab (Matt Sab), Monday, 1 August 2005 19:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
I'm sorry to tell you that we've chosen not to sign up your proposal for the 33 1/3 series.

This has been a difficult process: we received dozens of very strong proposals from dozens of very good writers and it's a shame to have to turn down so many of you.

If you're interested, the 33 1/3 books we eventually decided to sign up are:

"If You're Feeling Sinister" by Scott Plagenhoef

"Aja" by Don Breithaupt

"Shoot Out the Lights" by Hayden Childs

"Pretty Hate Machine" by Daphne Carr

"Use Your Illusion" by Eric Weisbard

"Horses" by Phil Shaw

"Double Nickels on the Dime" by Mike Fournier

"Pink Moon" by Amanda Petrusich

"People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm" by Shawn Taylor

"Achtung Baby" by Stephen Catanzarite

"20 Jazz Funk Greats" by Drew Daniel

"The Dreaming" by Ann Powers

"Rid of Me" by Kate Schatz

"Another Green World" by Geeta Dayal

"Songs in the Key of Life" by Zeth Lundy

"Trout Mask Replica" by Kevin Courrier

"Let's Talk About Love" by Carl Wilson

"Lucinda Williams" by Anders Smith Lindall

"69 Love Songs" by LD Beghtol

“Marquee Moon” by Peter Blauner

“Swordfishtrombones” by David Smay

that's so taylrr (ken taylrr), Thursday, 26 January 2006 18:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Congrats to Drew and Geeta! (Are there other ILMers on this list I don't know?)

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 26 January 2006 20:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

ann powers is actually esteban buttez

cancer prone fat guy (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 26 January 2006 20:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Scott P. has been around since the Greenspun days.

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 26 January 2006 20:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

i wish you could get these easily in book stores (AND NOT JUST IN THE AEROPLANE MURMUR THE SEA LIKE ROUND HERE).

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 26 January 2006 21:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

hey everybody read the frank bruno one and then try to make yrs like him cuz it is AWESOME

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 26 January 2006 21:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

i have only read 2

cancer prone fat guy (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 26 January 2006 21:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

the franklin bruno one is not only awesome, it is superhuman. one of my fave pieces of rock criticism ever.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Thursday, 26 January 2006 22:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah same here

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 26 January 2006 22:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

I loved that review he wrote of that indie-boy novel, so I guess I gotta get this book.

Redd Harvest (Ken L), Thursday, 26 January 2006 22:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

ysi?

cancer prone fat guy (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 26 January 2006 22:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
DeRo disses Matos for doing (very well IMHO) what he himself does in like every review ever (poorly IEHO): http://www.suntimes.com/output/derogatis/sho-sunday-dero04.html

Haikunym (Haikunym), Friday, 9 June 2006 17:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 9 June 2006 18:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Jim Milonakis?

Huk-L (Huk-L), Friday, 9 June 2006 18:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

I found that one entertaining and was actually less satisfied with Michaelangelo Matos' self-indulgent look at Prince's "Sign o' the Times," which spent entirely too much time dwelling on how the author discovered the disc as a teenager in the Minneapolis suburbs.

So then I guess he didn't read the 100-odd pages in which Matos discussed Prince.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Friday, 9 June 2006 20:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Shh, you're giving it away!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 9 June 2006 20:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

"...he not only gives us the perfect adjective for Sly's dense epic ("swampy," indeed) but the nugget that this was a pioneering use of the beat box. (Who knew? I didn't.)"

DeRo is a FUCKING MORON.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 June 2006 20:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

I just finished the one on PAUL'S BOUTIQUE. It's only the third I've read thus far, but it's the one I've enjoyed the most.

Terrible Cold (Terrible Cold), Friday, 9 June 2006 20:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

The one supposedly on the Replacements was AWFUL!

Jeff LeVine (Jeff LeVine), Friday, 9 June 2006 21:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I just finished the one on PAUL'S BOUTIQUE. It's only the third I've read thus far, but it's the one I've enjoyed the most.

Yeah, it's all info, no prose. A lot of the 33 1/3 books seem to forget how much people like that.

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Friday, 9 June 2006 22:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

personally speaking, i'd read a book that wasn't taking on yet another album from the canon. c'mon, guys! dig deeper!

gear (gear), Friday, 9 June 2006 22:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Christ, that quotation. Shakey OTM.

David Bachyrycz (David Bachyrycz), Friday, 9 June 2006 22:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

c'mon, guys! dig deeper!

Someone should do Tom T. Hall's greatest hits.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 9 June 2006 22:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 9 June 2006 22:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

(That was a "dig deeper" joke in case it wasn't clear. LOL @ self.)

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 9 June 2006 22:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

I just fell asleep.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 9 June 2006 23:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've got an idea, fellas, let's create a book series in which we reinforce the canon some more.

seriously though, i realize the books have to sell, hence the more mainstream angle. i'm sure there are a ton of albums the writers would love to write about that aren't commercially viable for the publisher.

gear (gear), Friday, 9 June 2006 23:11 (ten years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 9 June 2006 23:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

ned you should pitch that one!

actually do you think they would let somebody self-33 1/3? if it was some famous musician?

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 9 June 2006 23:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Morrissey on...Morrissey."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 9 June 2006 23:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Morrissey did write a book actually! (didnt he?)

¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ¨ˆ (chaki), Friday, 9 June 2006 23:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah, i think it was about the new york dolls or something

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Friday, 9 June 2006 23:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

He founded the series in spirit!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 9 June 2006 23:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

i thought it was on James Dean, re: Moz's book

that's so taylrr (ken taylrr), Saturday, 10 June 2006 02:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Morrissey on...Morrissey."

Morrissey is not attracted to Morrissey.

jinx hijinks (sanskrit), Saturday, 10 June 2006 02:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm sure there are a ton of albums the writers would love to write about that aren't commercially viable for the publisher.

Carl Wilson is writing one about Celine Dion's "Let's Talk About Love".

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Saturday, 10 June 2006 02:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

You are all OTM regarding the Franklin Bruno Armed Forces book, but has anyone read Daphne A. Brooks' take on Grace? I found it largely disappointing for a number of reasons. For someone who's obviously deeply in love with the material and who has deeper access to the Buckley archives than most, she made some really frustrating, bizarre factual errors. Maybe I'm being overly-pedantic, but simple mistakes like misquoting lyrics kept me from enjoying and engaging in the book as much as I could have-- like I couldn't trust her after a certain point. Clearly, I'm an asshole, but did anyone else have problems with this?

Jeff Reguil0n (Talent Explosion), Saturday, 10 June 2006 03:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Aeroplane book was excellent. The Pet Sounds book was not.

Steve Schneeberg (Steve Goldberg), Saturday, 10 June 2006 11:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Somebody pitched to do Killed by Death Vol. 2 for the last round of books. I would have loved to have read that!

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Saturday, 10 June 2006 15:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

And that Kick Out the Jams book that DeRo praises was the worst I've read in the series--no original info or thinking whatsoever, and blandly told.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Saturday, 10 June 2006 15:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

my favorite thing about the list tbh, no disrespect but well-known usual suspects are generally gonna ride the horse they came in on. I have no idea what these ppl will write and I'm more excited to find out than I would be about somebody writing about something I've already read him/her writing about

I know what you mean, but I honestly can't think of any other profession that would work this way. Don't get good at music writing, or even write about music much, and you will get to write a book about it.

Position Position, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

a lot of the usual suspects have already written one though. makes sense that they would get tons of submissions from younger people the longer they do it.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

if you were a smart college kid who could write a cool pitch that would end up looking pretty good at a future market research account manager job interview.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

If I weren't lazy and my net access wasn't limited to my phone this afternoon, I'd look up who Ezra Furman is.

May I asked which album you pitched clem?

Fetty Wap Is Strong In Here (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

Black Vinyl Shoes. They--he--didn't seem to think the rest of the world was as enamored of the album as I am, plus it was a year where they blazed a trail in radical ways of looking at...no, I'm not still nursing a grudge.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 22:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

i aint never reading another one of these. tusk ruined them for me.

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 22:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

ha I was just thinking "that's the one to avoid" this morning when pondering which one to read next

you could always start with the collections of excerpts:

http://www.amazon.com/33-Greatest-Hits-Volume-One/dp/0826419038

sleeve, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 23:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

read all the ilxor ones. you can't go wrong there. geeta, wolk, d4ew, JD, etc.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 23:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah. Those plus Erik Davis.

banned on ixlor (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 5 November 2015 00:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

i'm right here you motherfucker

read all the ilxor ones. you can't go wrong there. geeta, wolk, d4ew, JD, etc.
--scott seward

i'm RIGHT HERE, you motherfucker

bricc baby hitlo (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 5 November 2015 00:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

should really get round to pitching mogwai young team one of these days...

because i love rejection obv

you too could be called a 'Star' by the Compliance Unit (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 5 November 2015 00:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

This series has basically become a music blog in book form.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 5 November 2015 02:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

we luv you whiney no shade

the tune was space, Thursday, 5 November 2015 02:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

I am happy that my friend's proposal got picked, and sad for my other friends whose proposals got rejected this round- it's weird because people ask me for advice about their proposal and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't and it's not a linear, predictable thing.

very excited at the prospect of a wendy carlos book too

the tune was space, Thursday, 5 November 2015 02:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

very sad / tough that the homogenic book is being written in the wake of mark bell's death, ugh

the tune was space, Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

Man, I totally forgot he died last year. What a loss.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

stoked on Workbook

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

fwiw ezra furman is the brother of jonah furman from the late great mass band Krill

flappy bird, Thursday, 5 November 2015 03:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

The series is doing its own surprise releases now:

We have a surprise for you, our beloved readers, that we’re pretty excited to share with you. This week, we will be publishing a new book in the 33 1/3 series on LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver, written by Ryan Leas.

The book is a new addition to our original spring/summer 2016 lineup; we wanted to publish a book on Sound of Silver alongside LCD Soundsystem’s recent reunion and upcoming new album release. It seemed to us to be the perfect time for a serious, in-depth examination of this important record, and of LCD Soundsystem’s influence on and contributions to the landscape of contemporary popular music.

We hope you’re as delighted about the book as we are. Please do check it out – and enjoy seeing LCD Soundsystem live if you catch them at any of their upcoming festival performances, including their highly anticipated performance at the Glastonbury Festival next week.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Thursday, 16 June 2016 16:47 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

anyone picked this LCD book up yet? looks great.

also nice to see the Tori Amos Boys For Pele one is finally coming out next year! 10 years after its original scheduled date.

piscesx, Monday, 11 July 2016 18:45 (one month ago) Permalink


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