It’s Global Beatles Day!

Steve Matteo, author of The Beatles’ Let It Be, is taking over the blog today to talk about the everlasting influence and wisdom of the band, this album, and the people that he met through writing his 33 1/3… The musical, cultural and historical phenomenon of the Beatles seems to know no bounds. When I began working on my 33 1/3 book on the Let It Be album back in 2002, I didn’t imagine the book would still be so relevant today. The Let It Be album was the last…

Tom Petty Week: Day 4 – Petty’s death and what happened next

In his final blog post of the week, Michael talks about the plans he had to interview Tom Petty, and how his book changed after Petty’s sudden death. I signed the contract to write Southern Accents in November of 2016. In early 2017 I reached out to Petty’s camp to see if he would be willing to meet with me. I waited those couple of months because I wanted to be sure of what I thought about the record. I didn’t want Petty to have an outsize influence on my…

Tom Petty Week: Day 3 – My perfect version of Southern Accents

Today, in honor of Tom Petty’s Southern Accents‘s publication date, Michael drafts up what he thinks Southern Accents should have looked like… It’s a bit of a parlor game amongst hardcore Heartbreakers fans to talk about the Southern Accents that could have been. Although I think that there would still be some significant problems with the record even if the most potent and powerful sequence of songs had been included, it’s fun to speculate, to try to make one’s own Southern Accents. Which is what I’m going to do here,…

The Shangri-Las Week: Day 4 – Does this sound familiar?

On Ada Wolin’s last day of her blog takeover, she takes us through rock ‘n’ roll history, highlighting the artists who have continued the legacy of The Shangri-Las. Read and listen below! The Shangri-Las have been named-checked so many times in rock ‘n’ roll, it’s hard to even know where to start. Their legacy runs the gamut of faithful (or ironic) covers, to pure homage. Below is an incomplete collection of the eclectic legacy of the Shangri-Las over the past five decades. Covers: Out in the Streets – Blondie Train…

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 5 – The Corruption of Dom Pi

Big thank you to Allen Thayer for his blog takeover this week! In his final post he tells the heartwarming story of how Tim Maia recruited Dom Pi as a talented 16-year-old in a small town in Brazil… Of all the sources for my book, two were essential and comprised the bulk of the new insights into Tim’s life around this time and they were both band mates of Tim’s from this phase: Paulinho Guitarra and Dom Pi. While Paulinho had been playing with Tim for a couple years before…

Tim Maia Week: Day 3 – Tim & Tibério

Today, Allen Thayer continues his collection of outtakes, chapters, and stories that didn’t end up in his new book, Tim Maia’s Tim Maia Racional Vols. 1 & 2. For his third blog post of the week, Allen remembers the great Tibério Gaspar, who greatly influenced both Tim Maia and Allen himself. I’m so lucky to have met Tibério Gaspar when I did, because less than a year later, on February 15th, 2017 he died at the age of 73. When I met him during the June of 2016, I knew…

Tim Maia Week: Day 2 – Kassin’s late night with Tim Maia

This week, Allen Thayer, author of Tim Maia’s Tim Maia Racional Vols. 1 & 2 shares some of the best outtakes, chapters, and anecdotes that didn’t make the cut into the finished book. He continues with a story from musician Alexandre Kassin, who spent a spontaneous, memorable night with Tim Maia following a show in Rio de Janeiro. This anecdote from contemporary musician and producer Alexandre Kassin is just the kind of story that’s too good not to share. Kassin was the only person from the Racional Vol. 3 project (explored in great…

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…