Rest in power Aretha Franklin

Today we celebrate the legacy of Aretha Franklin, one of the most remarkable musicians of our time, and one of the most powerful voices of all time. We lift our glasses to the Queen of Soul, and share with you this excerpt from Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, wherein Aaron Cohen discusses Frankin’s unique marriage musical influences. I suppose the [Black] Revolution influenced me a great deal, but I must say that mine was a very personal evolution — an evolution of the me in myself. But then I suppose that the…

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,…

The Rolling Stones and Some Girls – The Difference 40 Years Makes

33 1/3 author Cyrus R. K. Patell reflects on what’s changed for the Stones – and what hasn’t – in the years since Some Girls was released. Four decades later and they’re still at it: tomorrow is the fortieth anniversary of the release of what many believe was the Rolling Stones’ last great album, Some Girls, and the band is marking it by playing a gig at Edinburgh’s BT Murryfield Stadium, the seventh date of the second leg of their “No Filter” tour or Europe. Actually, “marking it” isn’t quite right:…

Jawbreaker Week: Day 2 – 24 Revenge Therapy Video Vault

Ronen Givony, author of Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, returns for Jawbreaker Week, Day 2 to bring us the most essential Jawbreaker clips the free internet has to offer. Pick up the book and listen along, there’s a lot of good stuff here. Needless to say, a book like my 33 1/3 volume on 24 Hour Revenge Therapy could have been written before YouTube—but it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun. There’s quite a bit of early-, middle-, and late-period Jawbreaker footage for your leisure viewing online: not a comprehensive…

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…

Andrew W.K. & You’re Not Alone: In Solidarity and In Celebration

On the release date of Andrew W.K.’s new album, and just over a week after he was named the American Association of Suicidology’s Person of the Year, author Phillip Crandall reflects on the significant messages AWK’s music holds for us all. Last week, the American Association of Suicidology named Andrew W.K. their 2018 Person of the Year, an award Andrew accepted with genuine, validating humility on behalf of: – “every person who has struggled and overcome, and struggled and fallen — for I have been both” – “every person who’s…

Spring 2018’s 33 1/3s: the countdown begins!

With just weeks to go until the four latest 33 1/3s hit the shelves, we’ve put together this little round-up for you so that you know exactly what you’ve got to be excited for! This Spring’s batch are as eclectic a mix as you can expect from the series, but we think they complement one another really well and we hope that you’ll agree. First up, publishing on March 22 we have Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskogee: Every now and then, a song inspires a cultural conversation that ends up…

Video Vault 110: Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at 25

On the 25th anniversary of The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, 33 1/3 author Andrew Barker gives us a glimpse at the greatness of this hip-hop foursome and their debut album. Twenty five years ago today, Los Angeles’ inimitable oddballs The Pharcyde released Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, their first and unquestionably greatest album. There’s something bittersweet about watching such a touchstone of youthful exuberance and melancholy cross the quarter-century mark. Not only because the album was so pioneering that it would probably be an even bigger hit if it were…

Nothing Has Been Done Before, Day 5: Alternate Takes and Outtakes

For the portion of author Robert Loss’s guest spot, he takes us through the music and artists he could not quite fit into the book. You can read his more on his study of newness and popular music in Nothing Has Been Done Before: Seeking the New in 21st Century American Popular Music. Nothing Has Been Done Before is the second book in a new series from Bloomsbury, Alternate Takes: Critical Responses to Popular Music. The point of the series is “to examine popular music from critical perspectives that challenge the…