Virtual ‘Realities’ in The Velvet Rope

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Ayanna Dozier on Janet Jackson, cyber culture, and more. Technophilia and Technophobia were the rage in the late 1990s. As the approaching new millennia loomed on the horizon, society was facing a technological expansion hitherto experienced before. The internet transformed not only our communicative habits but our awareness of space and time itself, producing what scholar John B. Thompson writes as a space-time distanciation (Thompson 1995). This concept refers to how time, regardless of geographic location, now feels as if it operates on a global simultaneity; we feel like we…

Announcement: New 33 1/3 books + upcoming author take-over!

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Grab your headphones and your reading glasses and settle into your favorite cushy chair, because today marks the publication of 3 new 33 1/3 titles—Suicides’s Suicide, Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope, and Various Artists’ I’m Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen.

Playlist: Back-to-School in 2020

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Our own version of a 2020 playlist with a back-to-school twist! Whether you’re online or on campus, you’ll enjoy this mix of music while studying, planning or taking a well-deserved break. Follow our playlist on Spotify or check out this compiled list, and be sure to click the links below to learn more about each artist and order your own 33 1/3.

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

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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.…