33 1/3 Series

 

 

1. Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis
by Warren Zanes
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2. Love’s Forever Changes
by Andrew Hultkrans
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  3. Neil Young’s Harvest
by Sam Inglis
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  4. The Kinks’ The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
by Andy Miller
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  5. The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder
by Joe Pernice
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  6. Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
by John Cavanagh
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  7. ABBA’s ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits
by Elisabeth Vincentelli
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  8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland
by John Perry
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  9. Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures
by Chris Ott
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  10. Prince’s Sign “☮” the Times
by Michaelangelo Matos
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  11. The Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground & Nico
by Joe Harvard
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  12. The Beatles’ Let It Be
by Steve Matteo
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13. James Brown’s Live at the Apollo
by Douglas Wolk
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  14. Jethro Tull’s Aqualung
by Allan Moore
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  15. Radiohead’s OK Computer
by Dai Griffiths
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  16. The Replacements’ Let It Be
by Colin Meloy
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  17. Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV
by Erik Davis
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  18. The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St.
by Bill Janovitz
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  19. The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds
by Jim Fusilli
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  20. Ramones’ Ramones
by Nicholas Rombes
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  21. Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces
by Franklin Bruno
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  22. R.E.M.’s Murmur
by J. Niimi
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  23. Jeff Buckley’s Grace
by Daphne Brooks
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  24. DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing…..
by Eliot Wilder
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  25. MC5’s Kick Out the Jams
by Don McLeese
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  26. David Bowie’s Low
by Hugo Wilcken
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  27. Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A.
by Geoffrey Himes
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  28. The Band’s Music from Big Pink
by John Niven
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  29. Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane over the Sea
by Kim Cooper
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  30. Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique
by Dan Le Roy
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  31. Pixies’ Doolittle
by Ben Sisario
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  32. Sly and the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On
by Miles Marshall Lewis
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  33. The Stone Roses’ The Stone Roses
by Alex Green
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  34. Nirvana’s In Utero
by Gillian G. Gaar
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  35. Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited
by Mark Polizzotti
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  36. My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless
by Mike McGonigal
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  37. The Who’s The Who Sell Out
by John Dougan
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  38. Guided by Voices’ Bee Thousand
by Marc Woodworth
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  39. Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation
by Matthew Stearns
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  40. Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark
by Sean Nelson
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  41. Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion I and II
by Eric Weisbard
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  42. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life
by Zeth Lundy
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  43. The Byrds’ The Notorious Byrd Brothers
by Ric Menck
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  44. Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica
by Kevin Courrier
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  45. Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime
by Michael T. Fournier
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  46. Steely Dan’s Aja
by Don Breithaupt
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  47. A Tribe Called Quest’s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
by Shawn Taylor
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  48. PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me
by Kate Schatz
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  49. U2’s Achtung Baby
by Stephen Catanzarite
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  50. Belle & Sebastian’s If You’re Feeling Sinister
by Scott Plagenhoef
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  51. Nick Drake’s Pink Moon
by Amanda Petrusich
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  52. Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love
by Carl Wilson
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  53. Tom Waits’ Swordfishtrombones
by David Smay
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  54. Throbbing Gristle’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats
by Drew Daniel
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  55. Patti Smith’s Horses
by Philip Shaw
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  56. Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality
by John Darnielle
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  57. Slayer’s Reign in Blood
by D.X. Ferris
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  58. Richard and Linda Thompson’s Shoot Out the Lights
by Hayden Childs
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  59. The Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen
by Bob Gendron
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  60. The Pogues’ Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash
by Jeffery T. Roesgen
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  61. The Flying Burrito Brothers’ The Gilded Palace of Sin
by Bob Proehl
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  62. Wire’s Pink Flag
by Wilson Neate
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  63. Elliott Smith’s XO
by Mathew Lemay
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  64. Nas’ Illmatic
by Matthew Gasteier
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  65. Big Star’s Radio City
by Bruce Eaton
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  66. Madness’ One Step Beyond…
by Terry Edwards
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  67. Brian Eno’s Another Green World
by Geeta Dayal
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  68. The Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka
by Mark Richardson
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  69. The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs
by LD Beghtol
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  70. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Facing Future
by Dan Kois
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  71. Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
by Christopher R. Weingarten
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  72. Pavement’s Wowee Zowee
by Bryan Charles
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  73. AC/DC’s Highway to Hell
by Joe Bonomo
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  74. Van Dyke Parks’s Song Cycle
by Richard Henderson
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  75. Slint’s Spiderland
by Scott Tennent
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  76. Radiohead’s Kid A
by Marvin Lin
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  77. Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk
by Rob Trucks
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  78. Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine
by Daphne Carr
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  79. Ween’s Chocolate and Cheese
by Hank Shteamer
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  80. Johnny Cash’s American Recordings
by Tony Tost
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  81. The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls
by Cyrus Patell
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  82. Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me
by Nick Attfield
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  83. Television’s Marquee Moon
by Bryan Waterman
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  84. Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace
by Aaron Cohen
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  85. Portishead’s Dummy
by RJ Wheaton
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  86. Talking Heads’ Fear of Music
by Jonathan Lethem
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  87. Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson
by Darran Anderson
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  88. They Might Be Giants’ Flood
by S. Alexander Reed and Philip Sandifer
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  89. Andrew W.K.’s I Get Wet
by Phillip Crandall
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Aphex Twin 90. Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II
by Marc Weidenbaum
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  91. Gang of Four’s Entertainment
by Kevin J.H. Dettmar
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  92. Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation
by Pete Astor
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  93. J Dilla’s Donuts
by Jordan Ferguson
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  94. The Beach Boys’ Smile
by Luis Sanchez
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  95. Oasis’ Definitely Maybe
by Alex Niven
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  96. Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville
by Gina Arnold
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97. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
by Kirk Walker Graves
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98. Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album
by Charles Fairchild
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99. Sigur Rós’s ()
by Ethan Hayden
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100. Michael Jackson’s Dangerous
by Susan Fast
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101. Can’s Tago Mago
by Alan Warner
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102. Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe
by Tara Murtha
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103. Hole’s Live Through This
by Anwen Crawford
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104. Devo’s Freedom of Choice
by Evie Nagy
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105. Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
by Michael Stewart Foley
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106. Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros.
by Andrew Schartmann
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107. Beat Happening’s Beat Happening
by Bryan C. Parker
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108. Metallica’s Metallica
by David Masciotra
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109. Phish’s A Live One
by Walter Holland
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110. Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew
by George Grella Jr.
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111. Blondie’s Parallel Lines
by Kembrew McLeod
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112. Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead
by Buzz Poole
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113. New Kids On The Block’s Hangin’ Tough
by Rebecca Wallwork
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114. The Geto Boys’ The Geto Boys
by Rolf Potts
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115. Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out
by Jovana Babovic
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9781501325618 116. LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver
by Ryan Leas
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9781628929829 117. Donny Hathaway’s Donny Hathaway Live
by Emily J. Lordi
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9781628929508 118. The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy
by Paula Mejia
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9781501322181 119. The Modern Lovers’ The Modern Lovers
by Sean L. Maloney
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9781501323010 120. Angelo Badalamenti’s Soundtrack from Twin Peaks
by Clare Nina Norelli
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colossal youth 130 121. Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth
by Michael Blair and Joe Bucciero
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Pharcyde 130 122. The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
by Andrew Baker
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Arcade Fire 130 123. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs
by Eric Eidelstein
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workbook 130 124. Bob Mould’s Workbook
by Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch
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camp lo 130 125. Camp Lo’s Uptown Saturday Night 
by Sean L. Maloney
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the raincoats pub 126. The Raincoats’ The Raincoats
by Jenn Pelly
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homogenic 125. Camp Lo’s Uptown Saturday Night 
by Sean L. Maloney
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171 Thoughts to “33 1/3 Series”

  1. Bryce Katzman

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  2. […] Dave talks about Jovana Babovic’s book “Dig Me Out” which is another great book in the 33 1/3 series. […]

  3. […] arriscar alguns parágrafos em senso comum só para arrecadar curtidas. Após ler o livro 33 1/3 dedicado ao LP, constatei que seria entendiante […]

  4. Trevor Liddell

    Album suggestion for a 33 1/3 book: Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt

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  6. […] the long-standing coolness of the ongoing 33 1/3 book series, but…if you take a look at the list of albums covered since the series was started by David Barker in 2003, it might be difficult (depending on […]

  7. […] imprint of books. The premise is – each little pocket size book is about a single famous album. The full list is very diverse ranging from Dusty Springfield to industrial legends Throbbing Gristle to the Super […]

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  9. […] for thought. A wonderful article on The Guardian about the use of cello in popular music. The 33 1/3 books including Gillian G. Gaar’s one on “In […]

  10. Experimental Priest

    Merriweather Post Pavillion for God’s sake!

  11. […] erstes Buch veröffentlichte John Darnielle im Rahmen einer Reihe kleiner Bände zu berühmten Musik-Alben. Doch wo ansonsten mehr oder weniger inspirierter Musikjournalismus vorherrscht, nahm Darnielle das […]

  12. Ben Finau

    how come no one’s done any Australian artists?!

  13. […] few years back I conceived and submitted a proposal to the 33 1/3 book series. For those unacquainted with the line, they are short-ish music books, each volume by a unique […]

  14. […] journalistic tradition – Chris Richards (Washington Post), Amanda Petrusich (The New Yorker), the 33 1/3 series, etc. I grew up believing that music was tied to the culture, that there was an intellectual […]

  15. […] Full list of available books here. […]

  16. […] a shoutro to Hugo Wilcken’s book on David Bowie’s 1977 album Low. The book is part of 33⅓, Bloomsbury’s series on iconic […]

  17. […] I recommend Sean Nelson’s publication in the 33 1/3 series (Continuum 2007) and more info at 333sound.com. Nelson asserts: “It’s the point at which Mitchell stepped outside herself just enough to […]

  18. […] magazines, etc. are generally underwhelming. This reviewer has been largely unimpressed with the 33 1/3 book series, which seems to range from tedious drivel to the mediocre, with few exceptions.  It is therefore […]

  19. […] naprawdę sprawa – oczywiście jeszcze cały czas opłakuję k-punka. Czekam bardzo na książkę Agaty Pyzik o “Tin Drum” Japan, która będzie jemu dedykowana, ale też automatycznie włączyła mi się nostalgia za blogami. […]

  20. Any chance we could get some 33 1/3 merch available? I’d love that logo on a shirt.

  21. […] Mountain Goats and author of Wolf in White Van) published this slim novella as a part of the 33 1/3 series, using Black Sabbath's Master of Reality as a musical backdrop to tell the narrator's story. […]

  22. […] google, YouTube, Spotify etc. back then too. The 33 1/3 book on this album is one of my favs from the book series too. It’s written as a fiction story based around the albums songs. It’s very different […]

  23. Good News For People Who Love Bad News, by Modest Mouse
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    1. Furrealz? That’s mauellorsvy good to know.

  24. […] have one copy of Psychocandy by Paula Mejia’s, published by 33 1/3. 33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James […]

  25. […] But I just finished a new book, which’ll be out next Spring from Ig publishing. They’re out of Brooklyn. Have you ever seen the 33 & 1/3 series? […]

  26. […] de sortie ou le support – et écrit librement à son propos, une idée inspirée de la collection 33 1/3 qui l’applique aux albums de musique et compte plus d’une centaine […]

  27. […] will also have expanded liner notes and an interview between Shadow and Eliot Wilder, who wrote the 33 1/3 book on […]

  28. […] e un’intervista tra Shadow e Eliot Wilder, che ha scritto il libro della serie musicale 33 1/3 proprio […]

  29. […] también incluye notas y una entrevista entre la Shadow y Eliot Wilder, que escribió el libro 33 1/3 en […]

  30. […] will also have expanded liner notes and an interview between Shadow and Eliot Wilder, who wrote the 33 1/3 book on […]

  31. […] will also have expanded liner notes and an interview between Shadow and Eliot Wilder, who wrote the 33 1/3 book on […]

  32. JP

    Someone needs to do Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden/Laughing Stock. Can’t think of two albums more interesting and worthy of a book.

    1. paul stone

      I second that suggestion! 🙂

    2. MB

      Colour of Spring……….fantastic album…….definitely needs a book. Also, Quiet is the New Loud by Kings of Convenience warrants a book.

      1. JD

        Not sure if you know about the Spirit of Talk Talk book. I haven’t got my hands on it but have read it is amazing and has a lot of info about the album production.

      2. I am working on a proposal for Spirit of Eden.

    3. This is way better than a brick & mortar esnmtlishaetb.

    4. True points. If there are enough Maddoff’s, basically all that Bernakne money just gets sucked up with zero effect for the common good. Maybe Ben knows a thing or two which we are unaware of. So maybe he’s helping out his financial friends here and was not really thinking of us when he announced all that bailout money. The average goy is stupid enough to think it’s for the good of the country and all that.

  33. Alexander Styhre

    John Cale’s Paris 1919 is worthy of a book.

    /Alex

  34. […] couple things: Bookmarked was pitched to me as kind of like a “33-1/3, but for books.” I’m familiar with the series, though more as concept; I haven’t […]

  35. […] for Buffalo Street Books, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. He has written for the 33⅓ book series and worked as a columnist and reviewer for the arts and culture site PopMatters.com. Proehl […]

  36. […] 33 1/3 är en bokserie i vilken varje volym handlar om ett klassiskt album, ibland obskyrt och klassiskt. Böckerna ryms lätt och ledigt i bakfickan och är nästan löjligt snygga, kanske snarast fulsnygga. Serien började ges ut 2003 och den första titeln var Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis av Warren Zanes. […]

  37. […] kommer serien 33 1/3 på svenska, en serie kompakta böcker om anmärkningsvärt bra LP-skivor. En LP, en skribent. […]

  38. […] what journalist Rebecca Wallwork set out to prove in her book, Hangin’ Tough. It’s part of the 33 ⅓ series that has seen different writers tackle a famous album. The books have ranged from Michaelangelo […]

  39. […] what journalist Rebecca Wallwork set out to prove in her book, Hangin’ Tough. It’s part of the 33 ⅓ series that has seen different writers tackle a famous album. The books have ranged from Michaelangelo […]

  40. […] what journalist Rebecca Wallwork set out to prove in her book, Hangin Tough. Its part of the 33 series that has seen different writers tackle a famous album. The books have ranged from Michaelangelo […]

  41. […] what journalist Rebecca Wallwork set out to prove in her book, Hangin’ Tough. It’s part of the 33 ⅓ series that has seen different writers tackle a famous album. The books have ranged from Michaelangelo […]

  42. […] what journalist Rebecca Wallwork set out to prove in her book, Hangin’ Tough. It’s part of the 33 ⅓ series that has seen different writers tackle a famous album. The books have ranged from Michaelangelo […]

  43. […] the subject of music, you’ve noted in previous interviews that Boss Fight Books is similar to 33 ⅓, which is a book series about delving into individual albums the same way your books deal with a […]

  44. […] the subject of music, you’ve noted in previous interviews that Boss Fight Books is similar to 33 ⅓, which is a book series about delving into individual albums the same way your books deal with a […]

  45. […] the subject of music, you’ve noted in previous interviews that Boss Fight Books is similar to 33 ⅓, which is a book series about delving into individual albums the same way your books deal with a […]

  46. […] the subject of music, you’ve noted in previous interviews that Boss Fight Books is similar to 33 ⅓, which is a book series about delving into individual albums the same way your books deal with a […]

  47. […] the subject of music, you’ve noted in previous interviews that Boss Fight Books is similar to 33 ⅓, which is a book series about delving into individual albums the same way your books deal with a […]

  48. […] the subject of music, you’ve noted in previous interviews that Boss Fight Books is similar to 33 ⅓, which is a book series about delving into individual albums the same way your books deal with a […]

  49. […] the subject of music, you've noted in previous interviews that Boss Fight Books is similar to 33 ⅓, which is a book series about delving into individual albums the same way your books deal with a […]

  50. […] the subject of music, you've noted in previous interviews that Boss Fight Books is similar to 33 ⅓, which is a book series about delving into individual albums the same way your books deal with a […]

  51. […] the subject of music, you've noted in previous interviews that Boss Fight Books is similar to 33 ⅓, which is a book series about delving into individual albums the same way your books deal with a […]

  52. […] book series called “33 1/3“. For those not familiar with the series there are currently 115 books and each book dives deep about a particular ground breaking, interesting, or just plain obscure […]

  53. […] librement sur un jeu donné. Cette collection, débutée en 2013, s’inspire de la collection 33 1/3 qui initiait en 2003 ce type d’exercice en couvrant des albums musicaux. Coup de coeur en […]

  54. Rupert Spike

    I would like “Trans Europe Express” by Kraftwerk, Frank Sinatra’s “Watertown” and Björks “Post”

  55. […] 331/3 Pet Sounds book does a great job at the end of wrapping up, and describes this feeling that Brian is going for […]

  56. im staring the collecting of these today only 115 to get haha

  57. What happened to the 33 1/3 book on ‘Pinkerton’ ? – I don’t see it listed.

  58. Sam

    Some possible suggestions… Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s “Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven”, Boards of Canada’s “Music Has the Right to Children”, Modest Mouse’s “The Lonesome Crowded West”, The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”, and Weezer’s “Blue Album”

    1. Sam

      Or possibly Pinkerton instead of the Blue Album? And something by Zappa. There’s too many to choose from!

  59. I see ‘The Modern Lovers’ is upcoming, but Jonathan Richman’s run of albums from ‘Sings!’ through ‘I, Jonathan’ are all fun, interesting, and most of all unique. I’d love to see an essay on one (perhaps ‘Rockin’ & Romance’ or ‘I, Jonathan.’ Love the series!

  60. […] chamber piece based on some of them. And then there’s this: 69 Love Songs: A Field Guide. In the 33 1/3 series, which documents making of classic albums, this might in other hands have been a walk through the […]

  61. […] 33 1/3 Series (there are actually 114 books in the […]

  62. […] Confession time: I’m not really a juggalo. A shock, I know. But a few years ago, my partner, Whitney Strub and I became fascinated enough by the group and the discourse around it that we bought several albums, went to see them when they played Philly, and proposed a book about their album The Great Milenko for the 33 1/3 series. […]

  63. […] of my favorite musicians, on one of the albums that bonded our friendship in the first place, for a music-related series that I love and respect dearly. Keep your eyes peeled for our book on Bob […]

  64. Some good ones here but so many more are not here. Is it because no one proposed a particular album or the quality of the writing submitted?

  65. Matt

    We need one for a Smashing Pumpkins album! Any of their first 4 albums should have pretty interesting stories to back it up, though I’d probably narrow it down to Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie

  66. […] Murtha is the author of a 33 1/3 Series book on Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe and is a former book reviewer for […]

  67. […] always been a fan of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, where individual authors write a book about a single album. In the volume about My Bloody […]

  68. […] recounting of the creation of Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea for the 33 1/3 series originally published by Continuum and now by Blumsbury. The takeaway: all you really need to make […]

  69. davidpkriz

    “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, “The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert” by Benny Goodman, “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane, “Souvlaki” by Slowdive, “Boxer” by The National, “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac, “In Rainbows” by Radiohead, “Getz/Gilberto” by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto and “Turn on the Bright Lights” by Interpol.

  70. davidpkriz

    “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane, “Souvlaki” by Slowdive, “The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert” by Benny Goodman, “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac and “Boxer” by The National.

  71. Ryan

    Either “Sound of Silver” or “This is Happening” by LCD Soundsystem would make fantastic books, especially if you could get interviews with James and the other members. The records James made with LCD are some of the best of this generation, and there’s certainly more than enough to write about.

  72. Please give us Faith No More’s Angel Dust!!

  73. i’ve just mentioned this somewhere else here but…i’d love it if someone had a go at The Scars’ ‘Author! Author!’ LP…a fantastic LP and not an obvious choice…

  74. Robert Cooper

    Is there a possibility of seeing Depeche Mode’s Violator or Songs of Faith and Devotion?

  75. David

    Agree with Normand above…At present, I am planning to pitch a book on Todd’s Something/Anything very soon…

    1. dave barton

      Please!!!

  76. […] September, the 33 1/3 series will be publishing two brand new books Bryan C. Parker’s book on Beat Happening and David […]

  77. Normand Cormier

    Hi, would love the following to be given the treatment: Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything or “A Wizard A True Star” or “Todd”…Also The Smithereens: Especially For You…Also Translator: “No Time Like Now”…Also Ian Matthews: “Valley Hi”…Eels “Shootenanny!” phew!……

  78. Thanks – that’s what I was concerned about – but I’m working on a new (I think) angle. Appreciate the reply 🙂

  79. Are Beatles’ albums an attractive idea for proposals please?

    1. I think A LOT has been said about the Beatles already. Of course there’s always something new to say.

    1. Sure! We’re publishing Phish’s “A Live One” this November.

  80. What have been the top ten (or so) selling titles in this series?

  81. Steve

    Someone DID write a Kate Bush book (http://www.amazon.com/Kate-Bushs-The-Dreaming-33/dp/0826428827). Why isn’t it on the list?

    1. I don’t think this book actually exists. It’s very unusual to have a book like this with zero copies held in any library (according to WorldCat), with no copies for sale used or new at Amazon (your link), Barnes and Noble, or even Abebooks.

      1. Hi! The Kate Bush book isn’t going to happen, we’ve tried to do what we can to let libraries and retailers know but the data is out there. Someone PLEASE propose a Kate Bush book!

  82. There’s no use in complaining that your favorite album or artist isn’t represented here. The books are submitted to the series, not commissioned, so if there’s no Kate Bush or Sonics or Melt-Banana or Shaggs book yet, it’s because no one has written one worth publishing. You are empowered to change this.

    1. We are empowered to change ANYTHING, really, but some of us obviously fail to realize that and are generally not worth our time pointing it out. Thanks for trying to light a fire. And thanks for the series – decent stuff.

  83. snaredrumfan

    No Kate Bush or Laura Nyro but Liz Phair? Really?

    1. You are empowered to write a Kate Bush or Laura Nyro book and submit it to the series.

    2. someone made a failed attempt at The Dreaming.

  84. “Here Are the Sonics” is conspicuously absent from this list! Also, “The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators” and “Stoneage Romeos” by The Hoodoo Gurus…

  85. what happened to the planned Maggot Brain book?

  86. […] is a series of books dedicated to the most incredible musical albums ever made—one book per album, one author per […]

  87. […] is a series of books dedicated to the most incredible musical albums ever made—one book per album, one author per […]

  88. […] 33 1/3, som utgörs av biografier om specifika album, släppte i våras en bok om Donuts av skribenten […]

  89. We need a review on Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme! S&G

  90. adrian

    Is the scheduled volume on Pulp’s “This is Hardcore” coming out? It’s on Goodreads and Amazon…

  91. charley camp

    Thanks again for adding numbers to your list. It helps us keep track of new volumes –

  92. Ella

    We need to find a Modest Mouse expert!

  93. TMJM

    Echoing aspicco’s comment. I love the series and came here looking to see if anything was either published or in the works on Van’s wonderful series of early-70s albums. Yes, Astral Weeks (the likeliest candidate) has been written about endlessly, but what about Moondance or Tupelo Honey or His Band and the Street Choir?

  94. no one wrote anything on any van morrison album? >weeping<
    did i miss it?

  95. […] few months ago, the people who publish the 33 1/3 series of books issued an open call  for proposals. If you’re not acquainted with the 33 1/3 books, […]

  96. […] Each short book is an extended look at a classic or watershed album, written by a prominent music critic.  Albums such as Radiohead’s OK Computer and AC/DC’s Highway to Hell have received an in-depth examination in the series, which is currently at 96 installments and counting. […]

  97. monkeycatt

    aren’t there a few after 90 by this time. gang of four, richard hell and j dilla all appear to be out, according to amazon

    1. monkeycatt

      just wondering if the list is going to be updated. i like it all in one place, lol.

      1. monkeycatt

        hey thanks for putting all the new ones up…i’m ocd and have all of them to date (complete with the cds). weill, i’m actually on the serge gainsborg one you get the idea.

  98. This list will really help me complete my collection.
    Thanks

  99. […] an approach that mirrors the 33 1/3 book series–which devotes entire books to significant albums of the late-twentieth and […]

  100. The_Strand

    I would love to see you guys cover anything by Fela Kuti or Scott Walker.

  101. Gaucho

    I’m counting 12, not that it matters.

    1. yo

      Of course it matters. It’s all these books with the same boring rockist white male list of albums, almost completely ignoring Rap and R&B outside of the few unavoidable obvious choices.

      1. MJackson

        I want to see some brothers pictures on this wall NOW!!!!

  102. Saturate

    Why are there only 8 records by non-white people out of a series of 89?

  103. hairyspiderlegs

    Wasn’t there supposed to be book on “The Dreaming” by Kate Bush?

  104. […] I’ve finished The Village Green Preservation Society, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Led Zeppelin IV, Paul’s Boutique (working on my third time through… it’s that good), Use Your Illusion I and II, and Double Nickels on the Dime, and am currently in the wee pages of Let it Be. (Check out the 90 titles here.) […]

  105. Manny C

    Why was PET SOUNDS, when reissued under the Bloomsbury banner, renumbered from 19 to 2? None of the other titles received a renumbering, I don’t think. Was it an error?

  106. […] array of titles that span all genres of music.  Started in 2003, some of the hip hop friendly titles include People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (ATCQ), It Takes a Nation of […]

  107. I would really like to see one on ELpH vs Coil ‎– Worship The Glitch.

  108. […] often with the 33 1/3 series I’m reading about a classic album, one I know so well, one I felt I probably could have written […]

  109. […] cause dissonance, not only in society, but also among their fans. In his fascinating entry in the 33 1/3 series, Drew Daniel details how their album 20 Jazz Funk Greats stymied expectations. Just as a a crop […]

  110. scott cameron

    No Psycho Candy?!?!?!

  111. JHR

    Any particular reason no Fugazi album has made it into the series?

    1. Gaucho

      Probably because nobody wrote a wortwhile book about them.

  112. […] York City punk artists influenced by the Velvets, and so I picked up Joe Harvard’s entry in the 33-1/3 series, The Velvet Underground & Nico. This is the fourth book I’ve read in the series, but the […]

  113. […] on this post and they will be answered quickly. Just in case you need a refresher, here are the first 89 books in the series and here are the ones currently contracted to come out in the next 3 years. The […]

  114. Alex P

    What ever happened to London Calling???????????????????

  115. Will

    Hey guys…if Michael’s gonna have volume #100 in the series with his “Dangerous ” album being covered, then what are volumes 89 to 99?

  116. sluggo

    how about a book on otis redding and or the mgs..?
    and wasn`t the lucinda williams book supposed to be out by now?

  117. Andrew

    I know someone mentioned it above, any chance of the series being put out as a set?

  118. Gaucho

    That’s not how it works and not what the series is about. I’d rather read a good book on a bad album (Let’s Talk About Love) than a bad book on a good album.

  119. Mario

    Gosh, there’s nothing on Stereolab, shouldn’t there be? Well, that might be hard to do…

  120. sluggo

    how about a book on otis redding and or the mgs..?

  121. Rakabash

    “Superfly” by Curtis Mayfield needs to be the next 33 1/3 book. This album is seminal not only for 70s funk and r&b, but also to the film industry. Revolutionized how Hollywood promoted soundtracks and movie releases.

  122. I own a record store and would like to carry the entire series. What is the best contact to order for retail? Used or seconds are fine!

    1. Hi Elizabeth. That would be wonderful! Please get in touch with our US marketer, found on the “contact us” page. She will be able to point you in the right direction.

  123. […] Bowie’s Low, and Radiohead’s Kid A makes me very happy indeed. There are currently eighty-six books in the series. And for those of you who are not familiar with the series here’s an about […]

  124. Are there authors listed for some of the projected volumes? I’m especially interested in knowing who’s writing on Exile in Guyville.

    1. Gina Arnold is writing on Exile in Guyville. We’ll post an update the week of July 15, 2013.

  125. […] with us! Andrew collects the 33 1/3 music book series, and is sharing his thoughts on two of the 86 titles. Take it away, […]

  126. So when is the Boys for Pele book is being released? Can’t wait to read it!!

  127. gaucho

    Weren’t Pulp’s “This Is Hardcore” and Clash’s “London Calling” supposed to be released?

  128. There’s a terrible link snafu above — clicking on SWORDFISHTROMBONES takes us to, of all things . . . Celine Dion. The Eyeball Kid is turning in his grave.

    1. Thanks, Giovanni. We’ve fixed it now. Good eye!

  129. monkeycatt

    hey, when’s the next book coming out? (87)

  130. Michelle

    Is there some kind of box set of all 86?

    1. Hi Michelle,

      We’ve got something in the works for the first 100 volumes…stay tuned….

      1. Any more details on this?

        Hints? Clues? Cyphers? Smoke signals?

  131. Steven McGowan

    Will the Neutral Milk Hotel and/or Big Star books be reprinted?

    1. Zack

      i second this, i really don’t want to pay $35 for a used copy of the Big Star book

      1. Yes. Neutral Milk Hotel is already back in stock and Big Star is coming by the end of this month!

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