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…

The Shangri-Las Week: Day 3 – The Freaky Side of Pop

In Ada Wolin’s third day of her blog takeover, she goes into the dark side of pop music – the frightening aspects of some of the Shangri-Las’ songs, and why spooky music is so much more alluring than bubblegum pop… In my first memory of hearing the Shangri-Las, I am in a dark car, driving through New Jersey with my parents. I have what feels like an exhaustive supply of memories like this—the trancelike state of being a kid in the backseat, very quiet but not quite asleep, bathed in…

The Shangri-Las Week: Day 2 – The Strange Afterlives of Child Musicians

This week, Ada Wolin, author of the new 33 1/3 The Shangri-Las’ Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las will be taking over our blog! Today, Ada talks about the consequences of being a child celebrity, and how she found kinship with The Shangri-Las through their parallel experiences as young artists. The notion of child celebrity was a tricky one to tackle in my book on the Shangri-Las. Technically all members were teenagers, making them, in the eyes of the music biz at least, basically adults. That’s an idea that we’re rapidly…

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,…

OPEN CALL 2018 RESULTS: THE 15 NEW BOOKS IN THE 33 1/3 SERIES

First and foremost, thanks again to everyone for your hard work on your proposals, and for your patience. We received some truly outstanding proposals and it was very tough to make the final call, but we are very excited with what we have planned! We are pleased to announce the next batch of 15 books for the series. We have a great range – everything from Elvis to Leonard Cohen to Janet Jackson. Below you will find our brilliant new additions to the 33 1/3 series, which will be publishing…

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 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…

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.…