Open Call 2015 Results: The 16 New Books in the 33 1/3 Series

This was an extremely competitive round with unprecedented submission numbers. So first of all, thank you to everyone who submitted and to everyone who keeps us going. From 605 proposal we have selected 16 to become books in the series. I’ll introduce each author and approach to you over the next three weeks but first I’d like to present the complete list of books. You’re bound to disagree with some of my selections but I truly feel that these 16 proposals were outstanding original pieces of thought that will make…

33 Things September Edition

Every month, we will compile the best, weirdest, most interesting music and sound news from the past 30 days and serve it up to you in one handy, easy to digest list. May we present 33 Things that happened in September. This list is brought to you by our 33 1/3 intern, Greta Moran. Pope Francis is dropping a rock album. Just to forewarn you: the remaining 32 things to follow are not quite as momentous. Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series is also dropping a few things, namely Metallica and Beat Happening! The release of these…

Open Call 2015: The Shortlist

It has been a busy 8 weeks here at 33 1/3. We have now read all of the proposals submitted to our 2015 Open Call. My eyes are bloodshot and I think I’ve gone down -.75 in my contact lens prescription but it was worth it. There are some astounding pieces of music criticism in this list. So first of all, a huge round of applause for every single one of you who submitted. This was an EXTREMELY competitive round with so many submissions but these 83 proposals stood out. We were just blown…

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…