Ill Communication: A Discussion of the Golden Era with 33 1/3 Author Dan LeRoy, Philadelphia 8/15

Anyone who will be in the Philadelphia area next Saturday (8/15) should make sure to check out this event with our 33 1/3 author of The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, Dan LeRoy. Dan and fellow music author Brian Coleman will be meeting at record store Brewerytown Beats next Saturday evening for a discussion of “the Golden Era” of music and records. Flier for the event below: While you’re there, make sure to pick up a copy of Paul’s Boutique from the author himself!

33 1/3 Open Call Update

Hi! I’ll keep this brief because I know so many of you are plugging away at proposals. And for that I am so grateful. I’ve read some killer proposals so far and I’m sure there are more to come. Your hard work work is not lost on me, so thank you. It’s a joy to read each and every one of these proposals. I will certainly be in touch if I have any questions about your proposal. I’m sorry that I can’t respond to every email especially in these last frantic days leading…

Video Vault Episode 70: Just Like Honey

I’m halfway through editing Paula Mejia’s manuscript for The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy and I can’t help but think about the sweetest song from an album so varied: “Just Like Honey.” It always seemed too sweet and out of place on Psychocandy but is disgustingly perfect at the end of Lost In Translation. Also, Japan, Bill Murray, Scar Jo? What’s not to love? I’m crying into my iced coffee. -AJ [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOpXt30kZCw]

Video premiere of Ode to Billie Joe, featuring Jim Boggia, Allison Polans, Sarah Larsen & Phil D’Agostino, on this Third of June

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUhTNxEh8M] It’s been 48 years since Bobbie Gentry released her landmark single “Ode to Billie Joe,” and decades since she vanished from the public eye. Yet fans still recall the sexy swivel of a Delta-born showgirl who became an international star singing about the third of June, another dusty Delta day. What’s less known about Bobbie Gentry and “Ode to Billie Joe” is that after leaving Capitol Records, Gentry repeatedly claimed that she, in fact, produced the hit single, but didn’t get credit. Perhaps that’s part of the reason…

Open Call for 33 1/3 Proposals 2015

I am happy to announce the next open call for proposals for the 33 1/3 series. Proposals are due by Monday, July 27th (7.27.15) at 12:00am EST (that’s midnight). As of today, June 1st, the submission period is open. Please read the submission guidelines carefully to ensure that your proposal will be considered. This open call is ONLY for those who are 100% positive that if their proposals are selected, they will be able to turn in FINAL manuscripts within 6-12 months of contract. That means the whole book (all 30,000…

Open Call 2015 – 22 and UNDER

We’ve spent the last year putting together a textbook for writing about music called simply, How To Write About Music. In the book you’ll find examples of music writing, writing prompts and, perhaps most uniquely and practically important, real life advice from working music journalists and editors. Now that the book is out, my co-editor Marc Woodworth and I sometimes worry that we’ve launched our guide into the world with only an extremely positive message and perhaps too few caveats about how hard it is to become a successful music…

Here’s Your Chance: Tell Us What Albums YOU Want to See in the 33 1/3 Series

We’re about to publish 3 more books!  #104 (Devo’s Freedom of Choice), #105 (Dead Kennedy’s Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables), and #106 (Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros Soundtrack) will be available May 21st. One hundred and six!!! In our old age we’re feeling wrinkly and forgetful but pretty satisfied with the life we’ve lead. Still, in many ways the life of this series is just beginning! We have an open call coming up this summer and the email queries are coming in by the boat load. To reiterate here, we…

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…