The Jesus and Mary Chain Week – Day 4: Bobby Gillespie, Military Drummer

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN’S PSYCHOCANDY, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FOURTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF JESUS AND MARY CHAIN WEEK BY AUTHOR PAULA MEJIA! Before he became the force fronting Primal Scream, Bobby Gillespie started out playing two trash can lids as DIY drums in his hometown of Mount Florida, Scotland, along with his friend, Jim Beattie. “The foundations of Primal Scream were that we were a noise band,” Gillespie remembers. “I used to play dustbin lids as drums. Two dustbin…

The Jesus and Mary Chain Week – Day 3: JAMC on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN’S PSYCHOCANDY, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF JESUS AND MARY CHAIN WEEK BY AUTHOR PAULA MEJIA! The BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test, launched in 1971, was a music program that featured performances by luminaries including Elton John, Curtis Mayfield and Patti Smith. But in the 1980s, Trevor Dann, a broadcaster and writer, was newly minted as a program producer and was tasked with booking up-and-coming acts for the Whistle Test. His first order of business?…

The Jesus and Mary Chain Week – Day 2: “Upside Down” and Creation Records

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN’S PSYCHOCANDY, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF JESUS AND MARY CHAIN WEEK BY AUTHOR PAULA MEJIA! The idea of a band being properly “discovered” at a concert or a musical showcase like, say, South by Southwest, is becoming a thing of the past (thanks, internet). But word of mouth has always had a quiet power. That’s what got the Jesus and Mary Chain initially discovered by their soon-to-be manager and label head, Creation Records’ Alan…

The Jesus and Mary Chain Week – Day 1: The Infamous Belgian TV Interview

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN’S PSYCHOCANDY, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF JESUS AND MARY CHAIN WEEK BY AUTHOR PAULA MEJIA! There often comes a time in a young band’s life when they must decide how to handle newfound media attention, and being asked to describe what’s special about their sound. Or, even more to the point: Why people should listen to them? Some people spend years thinking about a camera-friendly answer. Others let it come to them in the…

On Donny Hathaway’s “She is My Lady”

Today’s post comes from Emily J. Lordi, author of the just-released 33 1/3 volume on Donny Hathaway’s Donny Hathaway Live. In this piece, Lordi discusses Hathaway’s 1971 song “She is My Lady,” a track she does not explore in her new book. The love of music and the love of black people are Donny Hathaway’s two great themes. The first is clear in songs like “I Believe in Music,” but also in the passion and care with which Hathaway sings a lyric, reinvents someone else’s song, and cheers on every…

Publishing today: two new 33 1/3’s!

We’re delighted to celebrate today’s release of 2 wonderful new books in the 33 1/3 series! Out now are Donny Hathaway’s Donny Hathaway Live by Emily J. Lordi and The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy by Paula Mejia. Donny Hathaway’s Donny Hathaway Live Emily J. Lordi In January of 1979, the great soul artist Donny Hathaway fell fifteen stories from a window of Manhattan’s Essex House Hotel in an alleged suicide. He was 33 years old and everyone he worked with called him a genius. Best known for “A Song for You,” “This Christmas,”…

30% off these top picks from Bloomsbury in our Back to School sale!

With hundreds of our latest books and bestsellers available at 30% off until the end of September, it’s hard to know where to start! We get it. So here’s a two-minute tour of just a few of the highlights you can pick up at a discount until the end of the month (for more inspiration check out the Music & Sound Studies page or browse our general sale pages: In Canada or the Americas: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/superpage/back-to-school-sale/ All other countries: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/superpage/back-to-university-sale/ Top picks – 33 1/3: With 30% off now’s the ideal time…

Back to School sale – 30% off all new and bestselling music books!

Just one week left in Bloomsbury’s September sale! Prepare yourself for another grueling semester by filling your brains with interesting facts on the sounds that surround you. Find yourself examining your summer spent at Coachella a bit differently with The Pop Festival, or discover how a once belittled record label evoked the ultimate revenge by securing indie popularity with Popkiss. And remember – all of these titles are 30% off!   Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records Popkiss tells both a tragic tale of a scorned record label and…

Hip Hop Headphones: Songs from a Scholar’s Critical Playlist

TODAY’S POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BLOOMSBURY INTERN MAX MALTER! For years, friends and colleagues of scholar James Braxton Peterson would call on him for help: we want to discuss hip-hop culture in the classroom, we want to listen music critically with our students, we want to understand the politically conscious aspects of hip-hop… where do we begin? After years of already incorporating Hip-Hop culture in his classes, Peterson schooled us all by writing Hip Hop Headphones to serve as a “crash course in Hip-Hop culture.” This book gives everyone a starting point…

Video Vault 108: Skylar Gudasz – “I Want To Be With You In The Darkness”

THIS WEEK’S ‘VIDEO VAULT’ IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BLOOMSBURY INTERN MAX MALTER! I like to think there’s a mysterious ingredient that allows some artists to invest a crazy amount of emotion into their music, despite working under the same constraints of time, space, and money as everyone else. Whatever it is, Skylar Gudasz has figured it out. I could listen to her sing “I want to be with you in the darkness” one hundred times, in one hundred different inflections, and each refrain would leave me more emotionally turbulent than the…