A Discussion on Tom Petty’s Southern Accents

Tom Petty’s Southern Accents Album cover

Check out the latest episode on the 33 1/3 podcast: Michael Washburn (@WhaleLines), author of Tom Petty’s Southern Accents, discusses Tom Petty’s attempt at a single-concept album on the American South. The 1985 album led to a fall from grace and a subsequent reinvention. Washburn’s book, and the case of Tom Petty, is an appealing study in celebrity, identity, and misrepresentation.   With the exception of the album’s opener “Rebels,” nothing about the album strikes as particularly southern. For reference, “Rebels” hits the listener over the head with a trite description of what it is to be a Rebel…

How we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Let It Be

The Beatles Let It Be album cover

Our first podcast episode on one of our 33 1/3 titles is now available!  Are you a Beatles fan? Do you know what this week is? No? May 8th, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Let It Be album—the recording sessions for which might be the most creative and chaotic of their career. And we’re having the ultimate celebration with author and journalist Steve Matteo as he gives us a behind-the-scenes look at its formation. Steve is a well-known music writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times and Rolling Stone. And after his many interviews with people close to the band, he’s here to give a full account of this dramatic music-making period, from…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 3 – “Peek-A-Boo” Part 1

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. In today’s post, she focuses on Peepshow‘s lead single, “Peek-A-Boo,” and the role that Caligarisme played in the song’s music video. Take a look at the topsy-turvy, surrealist evidence below… Released in July 1988, ‘Peek-A-Boo’ was Peepshow‘s lead single, as well as one of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ most commercially successful and critically acclaimed song. The inclusion of Warren and Mercer’s ‘Jeepers Creepers’ quotation in the ‘Peek-A-Boo’ chorus is well documented. Less so is that of the…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 1 – Why Peepshow?

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. In her first post, she discusses why she chose to write about this album, and how you should be reading it (hint: it should be a rainy day…) I was compelled to write about Peepshow for a number of reasons. Firstly, whilst I don’t think Peepshow is the best – or definitive – Siouxsie and the Banshees record, I believe it’s their most musically accomplished record. The addition of Martin McCarrick and…

The 33 1/3 Open Call Starts Now! – Submit Your Proposals – NOW CLOSED

THE OPEN CALL HAS NOW BEEN CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED!  We’re thrilled to announce the 33 1/3 2018 open call for submissions! As of today, the submission window is open. Proposals will be due by 11:59 EST, October 31st, 2018. Be sure to follow the submission guidelines below, and only submit if you are able to complete your manuscript within 8-12 months from acceptance. We’ll work out individual timelines for books, and some may have longer deadlines, but we’ll need an initial commitment to a fairly quick turnaround.…

6 Ways Tori Amos Changed My Life

For Tori Amos’s birthday, we are hosting Amy Gentry, author of Tori Amos’s Boys for Pele as guest blogger. For the occasion, Gentry wanted to reflect on the numerous ways in which Tori Amos had a profound effect on her life. Below are just six of them – you can read more from Amy when her book comes out November 1st! On the spectrum of Tori fans, I barely even rate. My feelings about her can best be summed up as “passionate ambivalence”: when Boys for Pele first came out, I panned it for…

Announcing: The Fall 2018 33 1/3s!

We’re excited to bring you the Fall 2018 lineup of 33 1/3s! This batch is one of our most eclectic yet – from fan favorites like Tori Amos to the religious-secular stylings of Jesus Freak, with feminist and film studies readings, there is a lot to look forward to with these books. We can’t wait to bring you these come Fall ’18! We promise, they’ll be worth the wait. Drive-By Trucker’s Southern Rock Opera The Drive-By Truckers’ Southern Rock Opera takes listeners on a road trip through the American South,…

Jawbreaker Week: Day 5 – The Reunion

For the last day of Jawbreaker Week, we bring you the moment that all Jawbreaker fans had been waiting for: the reunion. Below, find some highlights of Jawbreaker’s reunion tour and get more Jawbreaker when you pick up 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. There aren’t many genuine surprises nowadays in popular and semi-popular music. But Jawbreaker surprised pretty much everyone by announcing on April 21, 2017, that they were getting back together to play Chicago’s Riot Fest in September. For a thirty-something Jawbreaker fan who had never seen the band in their…

Jawbreaker Week: Day 1 – Why it had to be 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

To celebrate the upcoming release of Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, author Ronen Givony will be guest blogging all week. Up first: why he chose to write about this album in particular, and why it was simultaneously the easiest and most difficult choice a Jawbreaker fan could make. It’s a question that seems to come up a lot, from friends and strangers alike: why did I choose to write about Jawbreaker, and why 24 Hour Revenge Therapy? It’s not a query I can say I anticipated getting, early on, nor one…

Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskogee

Okie from Muskogee Rachel Lee Rubin takes us inside Merle Haggard’s career, the controversy and innovation of Okie from Muskogee, and the mark Haggard left on country music. Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskogee is now available—grab your copy here. In this post I want to introduce my book about Merle Haggard’s most controversial album, Okie from Muskogee: Live from Muskogee, Oklahoma, an album noteworthy above all for the way its title cut energized numerous important national conversations. Almost exactly two years ago Haggard, a Bakersfield country music legend, died on April…