Tom Petty Week: Day 2 – “The Image of Me” and what could have been

Day 2 of Michael Washburn’s blog takeover! Today, he talks about how the Southern Accents recording sessions “were a bit of a quagmire,” and unravels the riddle of why “The Image of Me” was never included in this album. I mentioned yesterday that Southern Accents is broken backed—it’s almost a couple of different records slammed together. This so puzzling if you look at some of the songs that were cut for the album but then sat aside. For my money many of those songs are better written—and sound better—than many…

Tom Petty Week: Day 1 – Why Southern Accents?

From today until Friday, Michael Washburn will be taking over our blog. Michael’s new 33 1/3 on Tom Petty’s Southern Accents, will be out on Thursday, April 4th, mark your calendars! In his first blog post of the week, Michael dives into why he chose Southern Accents to write about, and how this bizarre, contentious album came to be such a pivotal turning point in Tom Petty’s musical history. Southern Accents? Really? Not Damn the Torpedoes? Not Wildflowers? That was the typical response when I’d tell people which record I…

The Shangri-Las Week: Day 4 – Does this sound familiar?

On Ada Wolin’s last day of her blog takeover, she takes us through rock ‘n’ roll history, highlighting the artists who have continued the legacy of The Shangri-Las. Read and listen below! The Shangri-Las have been named-checked so many times in rock ‘n’ roll, it’s hard to even know where to start. Their legacy runs the gamut of faithful (or ironic) covers, to pure homage. Below is an incomplete collection of the eclectic legacy of the Shangri-Las over the past five decades. Covers: Out in the Streets – Blondie Train…

The Shangri-Las Week: Day 3 – The Freaky Side of Pop

In Ada Wolin’s third day of her blog takeover, she goes into the dark side of pop music – the frightening aspects of some of the Shangri-Las’ songs, and why spooky music is so much more alluring than bubblegum pop… In my first memory of hearing the Shangri-Las, I am in a dark car, driving through New Jersey with my parents. I have what feels like an exhaustive supply of memories like this—the trancelike state of being a kid in the backseat, very quiet but not quite asleep, bathed in…

The Shangri-Las Week: Day 2 – The Strange Afterlives of Child Musicians

This week, Ada Wolin, author of the new 33 1/3 The Shangri-Las’ Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las will be taking over our blog! Today, Ada talks about the consequences of being a child celebrity, and how she found kinship with The Shangri-Las through their parallel experiences as young artists. The notion of child celebrity was a tricky one to tackle in my book on the Shangri-Las. Technically all members were teenagers, making them, in the eyes of the music biz at least, basically adults. That’s an idea that we’re rapidly…

The Shangri-Las Week: Day 1 – How my 33 1/3 came to life

This week, Ada Wolin, author of the new 33 1/3 The Shangri-Las’ Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las will be taking over the blog! Her new book, out April 4th, dives into the popular 1960s girl-group, and their unique ability to challenge the status-quo of sticky-sweet girl groups of the time, setting the stage for the coming generation of tough women in music. When I first heard about the Under 22 Open Call, it struck me as an oddly sadistic concept. Before you accuse me of biting the hand that feeds,…

OPEN CALL 2018 RESULTS: THE 15 NEW BOOKS IN THE 33 1/3 SERIES

First and foremost, thanks again to everyone for your hard work on your proposals, and for your patience. We received some truly outstanding proposals and it was very tough to make the final call, but we are very excited with what we have planned! We are pleased to announce the next batch of 15 books for the series. We have a great range – everything from Elvis to Leonard Cohen to Janet Jackson. Below you will find our brilliant new additions to the 33 1/3 series, which will be publishing…

Announcing: Spring 2019 33 1/3s!

Spring 2019 33 1/3s

We’re super excited to show you our four new books coming out this Spring. In this collection, we really do have something for everyone, from rock lovers and 60s pop enthusiasts through to fans of American folk music and blues. Take a look! Tom Petty’s Southern Accents, by Michael Washburn  Publishing 4 April 2019 This book explores the ways in which Tom Petty’s Southern Accents was a fascinating artistic failure that unexpectedly mired Tom Petty in debates about American culture and history. It takes a close look at what constitutes…

33 1/3 Open Call Update!

Do you keep checking your inbox to see if Bloomsbury has emailed you back about your 33 1/3 proposal? Worry not! We’re chipping away at the massive pile of submissions we received, and we promise that yours is getting the due diligence it deserves. Thank you again to everyone who submitted and entrusted us with their brilliant ideas. From Janelle Monáe to Frank Sinatra, we have so many ways we could take this series. We are still hard at work looking through all of them, though, so please be patient…

Tim Maia Week: Day 5 – The Corruption of Dom Pi

Big thank you to Allen Thayer for his blog takeover this week! In his final post he tells the heartwarming story of how Tim Maia recruited Dom Pi as a talented 16-year-old in a small town in Brazil… Of all the sources for my book, two were essential and comprised the bulk of the new insights into Tim’s life around this time and they were both band mates of Tim’s from this phase: Paulinho Guitarra and Dom Pi. While Paulinho had been playing with Tim for a couple years before…