Where to buy 33 1/3 books…

Help us help independent bookstores and record stores. Buy the latest 33 1/3 books at one of these fine stores! Don’t see your store listed here? Tell us by commenting below or emailing 33proposals@gmail.com Austin, TX Waterloo Records Bloomington, IN Landlocked Music Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts Harvard Bookstore Harvard Coop  Buffalo, NY Talking Leaves Chicago, IL Seminary Co-Op Denver, CO Twist and Shout Durham, NC Regulator Bookshop Houston, TX Brazos Bookstore Indianapolis, IN Indy CD and VINYL Los Angeles, CA Arcana Books Skylight Books Vroman’s New York, NY…

Series Update/Open Call News/You’ll Want to Read This One

33 1/3 2014

Dear Readers, For the past 11 years we’ve been publishing these tiny little books on the best-loved (sometimes hated), most popular and often most misunderstood albums in pop, rock, soul, hip-hop and electronic music. And we’re still going VERY strong. Thanks to an amazing crop of books over the past two years, the 33 1/3 series re-launch under Bloomsbury Academic  has been a huge success. Special congratulations are due to Jordan Ferguson for his book on J. Dilla, which was our bestselling title in 2014. And of course to Carl…

Gotta READ EM ALL! 100 books for 1000 bones!

Been to IKEA recently? Well, you might need to make the trip soon to stock up on BILLY bookcases because you’re going to need a lot of shelf space. You may have noticed that we recently published our 100th volume in the 33 1/3 series and we had a great anniversary party last week in Brooklyn with authors Susan Fast and Carl Wilson. One hundred? That’s a lot of books. Here’s some 33 1/3 math for you. Each book is approximately 0.33 inches thick. With 100 books, that’s about thirty…

33 1/3 at Pendleton Rock Camp for Kids

Earlier this month we sent a few 33 1/3rds to the campers at Pendleton Rock Camp in Pendleton Oregon. It’s a FREE program run by Pendleton Center for the Arts. So what is rock camp, exactly? It’s five full days of FREE rock & roll learning with teachers from West Coast indie bands. Some people put together bands, write original music and record their songs. Others work on rock journalism, putting together a camp zine and generating video for YouTube. Everyone gets in on the big camp concert on Main…

LaBelle reads at Berlin’s coolest Bookstore

Do you live in Berlin? Lucky… Brandon LaBelle will be reading from his new book Lexicon of the Mouth at Pro qm bookstore on September 2nd. 2. September 2014  20:30 Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary Book Presentation with Brandon LaBelle We are pleased to celebrate the release of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary, the third publication of Brandon LaBelle’s sonic research and auditory investigations. Following his previous works, Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art…

Text and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll Author Simon Warner on the Beats and Fate

Simon Warner, author of Text and Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture, just published in paperback, discusses a fateful meeting which would shape not only the world of literature and but also influence the destiny of popular music. SEVENTY years ago, the Western democracies were engaging in a critical campaign to secure their liberation from the forces of fascism. In northwest France, the Allies were plotting, then launching, D-Day, an audacious endgame that would finally dislodge Hitler’s occupying armies from mainland Europe. In that same dramatic…

Excerpt: #100!! Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast

The following is an excerpt from the 100th volume in the series, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast, out September 25. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Introduction: Telling Stories about Michael Jackson 1991’s Dangerous announced the end of Jackson’s innocence and the command of a complicated, conflicted sensibility.  – Armond White Dangerous is Michael Jackson’s coming of age album. I know this is a grand and seemingly-absurd claim to make, since many think his best work was behind him by this time.…

Excerpt: Danger Mouse’s Grey Album

The following is an excerpt from Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album by Charles Fairchild, out September 25. The 98th volume in the 33 1/3 series, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Introduction: The Grey Album in a Post-Album World The proprietor may, if he chooses, allow his crops to rot under foot; sow his field with salt; milk his cows on the sand; change his vineyard into a desert, and use his vegetable-garden as a park: do these things constitute abuse, or not?…

Video Vault Episode 30: Ramble On

This is Editorial Assistant Kaitlin Fontana’s last day at Bloomsbury. Here she is with her final Video Vault entry. Well, kids, this is it: my last day at Bloomsbury, and the last time I’ll be posting to the 33 1/3 blog. It’s been an utter pleasure and a privilege to be a conduit to information about the Music and Sound Studies list at Bloomsbury, particularly the 33 1/3 series, which brought me here in the first place. I’m on to other things, but I wanted to say a heartfelt thank…

Excerpt: Sigur Ros’s ( ) by Ethan Hayden

The following is an excerpt from Sigur Ros’s ( ) by Ethan Hayden, out August 28th. The 99th volume in the 33 1/3 series, Sigur Ros’s ( ) looks at the Icelandic band’s signature release from the perspective of linguistics, particularly the notion of “nonsense” language and, in particular, Sigur Ros’s “Hopelandic.” The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Xenoglossia Just a few months before the premiere of Ball’s lautgedichte at the Cabaret Voltaire, the same venue hosted a series of “Negro Nights” at…