…and then there were 27


We’ve gone from 170 down to 27. (Fingers crossed, everybody who was in the 170 has received an email from me tonight, either way.)

I wish we could sign up all 27 of these (actually, I wish we could sign up dozens more of the 170), but we can’t. This is what we’re left with, for now. By the end of April, we’ll be able to post the final, final list of books that we will sign up. Until then, discuss, debate, whinge, moan, celebrate, and speculate! I’m off on vacation for a week…Thanks for bearing with me, everybody.


AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace
The Beatles – The Beatles
Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind
The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
Dinosaur Jr: You’re Living All Over Me
ELO – Out of the Blue
Grateful Dead – Closing of Winterland
Johnny Cash – American Recordings
Kiss – Destroyer
Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
Lil’ Wayne – Da Drought 3
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music
Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night
Operation Ivy – Energy
Paul Simon – Graceland
Radiohead – Kid A
Rolling Stones – Some Girls
Slint – Spiderland
Television – Marquee Moon
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
Ween – Chocolate and Cheese
White Stripes – White Blood Cells
Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth



  1. OK, I’ll say it. What’s the big deal about Arcade Fire? I mean, I think they’re a decent band, and I’d prefer to listen to them than many other bands, but why this adulation like they’re doing something completely groundbreaking? To my ears, they are an amalgam of Echo and the Bunnymen/the Alarm/and Belle and Sebastian. Again, all good influences to have, in my book. I read these lavish pieces about the wonder of Arcade Fire and am ready to be amazed, only to end up shrugging my shoulders.

  2. WC

    PLEASE do a book on Ween. They have a huge catalog and are ripe for critical analysis but they are not taken seriously by critics so there’s nothing on them. Their music has much more going on in it than some of these other titles (Op Ivy?), and some of these other titles have been critically analyzed to death (Liz Phair, Radiohead, the Stones…). Please fill the void and write the first book on Ween!

  3. yeahLiz Phair – Exile in Guyvillefor its influence, it’s a highly regarded album which changed the musical landscape for female singer songwriters. From Lilith Fair to Riot Grrrl, EIG moved people to discuss it, hate it and worship it.

  4. D.

    I for one wanted so much to read a book about Pussy Galore, but I see no harm in including some broad-interest titles. There are still some solid choices I would definitely buy and read. Lou Reed, Cash, Phair, Aretha, Dylan, the Cramps(!!), Neil’s arguably best album, the Stones, Television, Femmes, Stripes … i.e. a pretty good percentage of the 27.Congratulations to those on the short(er) list! And no sour grapes, I’ll try to publish elsewhere. Everyone else please stop whining.

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