The Shangri-Las Week: Day 1 – How my 33 1/3 came to life

This week, Ada Wolin, author of the new 33 1/3 The Shangri-Las’ Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las will be taking over the blog! Her new book, out April 4th, dives into the popular 1960s girl-group, and their unique ability to challenge the status-quo of sticky-sweet girl groups of the time, setting the stage for the coming generation of tough women in music. When I first heard about the Under 22 Open Call, it struck me as an oddly sadistic concept. Before you accuse me of biting the hand that feeds,…

33 1/3 Open Call Update!

Do you keep checking your inbox to see if Bloomsbury has emailed you back about your 33 1/3 proposal? Worry not! We’re chipping away at the massive pile of submissions we received, and we promise that yours is getting the due diligence it deserves. Thank you again to everyone who submitted and entrusted us with their brilliant ideas. From Janelle Monáe to Frank Sinatra, we have so many ways we could take this series. We are still hard at work looking through all of them, though, so please be patient…

Tim Maia Week: Day 4 – A Day In the Life of a Rational Culture Follower

In today’s post, Allen Thayer discusses the history and influence of Rational Culture, a cult that heavily influenced Tim Maia and his music, and shares a story of meeting with two of the cult’s followers in Brazil in 2016. In my effort to tell the most comprehensive story yet about Tim Maia’s Rational adventures, I figured I better go straight to the source and learn more about what Rational Culture is all about. In my book, I explain the origin of Rational Culture and a bit about its founder (see:…

Tim Maia Week: Day 1 – Jamming with James Brown’s band

This week we’re excited to host author Allen Thayer for a week of exclusive outtakes from his new book on Tim Maia’s Racional Vols. 1 & 2! He starts with the tale of a jam session of legendary status – quite literally, as it seems…   My first draft of this book was twice as long as the final product. During the first pass I felt a compulsion to include EVERY story of note about Tim Maia that I came across and inevitably these incidents would shed, for me at…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 4 – “Peek-A-Boo” Part 2

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. In her final post, Samantha looks at the influence that silent films had on the music video for their critically acclaimed song, “Peek-A-Boo.” Peepshow features numerous references to silent filmmaking, particularly its technical facets, including the use of light and shade and vignette. This influence extends into the ‘Peek-A-Boo’ video, particularly in the way that Siouxsie and The Banshees are depicted as separate protagonists. Sioux is a leading lady, the focal point…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 3 – “Peek-A-Boo” Part 1

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. In today’s post, she focuses on Peepshow‘s lead single, “Peek-A-Boo,” and the role that Caligarisme played in the song’s music video. Take a look at the topsy-turvy, surrealist evidence below… Released in July 1988, ‘Peek-A-Boo’ was Peepshow‘s lead single, as well as one of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ most commercially successful and critically acclaimed song. The inclusion of Warren and Mercer’s ‘Jeepers Creepers’ quotation in the ‘Peek-A-Boo’ chorus is well documented. Less so is that of the…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 2: Peepshow and Film Maudit

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. Today, she explores the influences that film maudit had on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ music. Taken literally, the term film maudit means ‘cursed’ film, often one that exists on the fringes of the film industry. Perhaps panned by critics, bombed at the box office or otherwise poorly received, film maudit includes films later revisited, then canonized as ‘cult classics’. Most of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ film influences were drawn from film maudit: Roger…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 1 – Why Peepshow?

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. In her first post, she discusses why she chose to write about this album, and how you should be reading it (hint: it should be a rainy day…) I was compelled to write about Peepshow for a number of reasons. Firstly, whilst I don’t think Peepshow is the best – or definitive – Siouxsie and the Banshees record, I believe it’s their most musically accomplished record. The addition of Martin McCarrick and…

The 33 1/3 Open Call Starts Now! – Submit Your Proposals – NOW CLOSED

THE OPEN CALL HAS NOW BEEN CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED!  We’re thrilled to announce the 33 1/3 2018 open call for submissions! As of today, the submission window is open. Proposals will be due by 11:59 EST, October 31st, 2018. Be sure to follow the submission guidelines below, and only submit if you are able to complete your manuscript within 8-12 months from acceptance. We’ll work out individual timelines for books, and some may have longer deadlines, but we’ll need an initial commitment to a fairly quick turnaround.…

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,…