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…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2018: Tin Drum

Ladies and germs! May we present Agata Pyzik who will pen the 33 1/3 on Japan’s 1981 album Tin Drum. This book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.  Give it a good long listen… [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVPNUygTmRo?list=PL9BE36C6E59C12149] We caught up with Agata to learn more about her listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? AP: first book, which really impressed me and sort of introduced to grown-up reading was One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez which I read when I was 12. What followed immediately…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2018: Okie from Muskogee

Ladies and germs! May we present Rachel Rubin who will pen the 33 1/3 on Merle Haggard’s 1969 album Okie from Muskogee. This book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.  Give it a good long listen… [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iYY2FQHFwE] We caught up with Rachel to learn more about her listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? RR: New Era Bookstore, Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world? RR: Skippy White’s, Boston, MA 33 1/3: What…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Fall 2018: In on the Kill Taker

Ladies and germs! May we present Joe Gross who will pen the 33 1/3 on Fugazi’s 1993 album In on the Kill Taker. This book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.  Give it a good long listen… [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Pf1jwMCuo] We caught up with Joe to learn more about his listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? JG: Kemp Mill Records in Falls Church, Va. (R.I.P.), where I worked from fall 1989- spring 1992. One of the most important…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Fall 2017: Boys for Pele

Ladies and germs! May we present Amy Gentry who will pen the 33 1/3 on Tori Amos’ 1996 album Boys for Pele. Amy’s book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.   Give it a good long listen! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErccRh9DGcg] We caught up with Amy to learn more about her listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? AG: Growing up in Houston, I bought all my Tori Amos singles and imports at Sound Exchange, back when it was on Westheimer. Half-Price Books…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2017: Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

Ladies and germs! May we present Andrew Barker who will pen the 33 1/3 on The Pharcyde’s 1992 album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. Give it a good long listen! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GRPcvFTY4c] We caught up with Andrew to learn more about his listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? AB: Rhino Records (Claremont, CA) 33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world? AB: Skylight Books (Los Angeles, CA) 33 1/3: What are you listening to right…NOW? AB: Kamasi Washington, The Epic 33…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Fall 2018: 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

Ladies and germs! May we present Ronen Givony who will pen the 33 1/3 on Jawbreaker’s 1994 album 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. Give it a good long listen! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0Ivu6fZzdg] We caught up with Ronen to learn more about his listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? RG: Whitlock’s Book Barn, New Haven, Connecticut. 33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world? RG: Tower Records Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. 33 1/3: What are you listening to right…NOW? RG: Elvis…

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…