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New 33 1/3 Title Coming Fall 2016: The Raincoats

The-RaincoatsBloomsbury is extremely proud to announce the thirteenth of fourteen new 33 1/3 volumes…coming to a bookstore (and kindle/iPad) near you in: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Fall 2016. It was extremely difficult to select these titles from a pool of over 400 brilliant proposals so we hope you enjoy! To highlight each new title and the author behind it, we’ll announce one book each day over the next two weeks.

The Raincoats – The Raincoats

By Jenn Pelly

Coming Fall 2016!

“Rather than listening to them, I feel like I’m listening in on them,” Kurt Cobain once wrote of the Raincoats’ beloved 1979 self-titled record, a gem of classic post-punk that joyously embodied that era in sound and ideology. The Raincoats were not the most famous band of late 70s London punk, nor were they the most critically acclaimed. But the peculiar charms of this pioneering feminist punk band helped bolster the iconic Rough Trade label at its radical beginnings. The brilliantly anti-commercial Raincoats is one of our earliest documents of D.I.Y. as an aesthetic– timeless spiritual music for Riot Grrrls, indie fanatics, and outsiders alike.

A bit about the author: Jenn Pelly is a staff writer at Pitchfork. Her writing has also appeared in The Village Voice, Nylon, and SPIN, among others. She is an alumni of WNYU 89.1 FM, where she hosted The New Afternoon Show and most recently Crucial Chaos. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Brooklyn.

You can find Jenn here and here on twitter.

5 comments

  1. This is one of my favorite albums ever. I’m curious to see what the take on it’s going to be. The description’s a little vague, although it seems like the book’s gonna be making a case for the album as the unsung spiritual predecessor to a lot of indie movements and scenes? (Entirely true, mind you.) The tone is more direct and less highfalutin than a lot of copy for these books, which bodes well for such a beautifully unpretentious album.

    Anyway, it’s a book I’d get even if I had no faith in the telling, because it’s the damn Raincoats and we should all consider ourselves lucky to be sharing a planet with them. But between this and Mario, I’ve at least got two books this round I’m excited for.

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