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Announcing: Spring 2019 33 1/3s!

We’re super excited to show you our four new books coming out this Spring. In this collection, we really do have something for everyone, from rock lovers and 60s pop enthusiasts through to fans of American folk music and blues. Take a look!


Tom Petty’s Southern Accents

Tom Petty’s Southern Accents, by Michael Washburn 

Publishing 4 April 2019

This book explores the ways in which Tom Petty’s Southern Accents was a fascinating artistic failure that unexpectedly mired Tom Petty in debates about American culture and history. It takes a close look at what constitutes Southern identity and its connection to race, issues that are of particular importance in today’s political environment.

Read more here.

The Shangri-Las’ Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las

The Shangri-Las’ Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las, by Ada Wolin 

Publishing 4 April 2019

The 60s was a decade of revolution and the rise of the girl group, and The Shangri-Las were somehow able to challenge the status quo under the guise of sticky-sweet pop, a feat not many pop groups can achieve. This book examines the still-elusive validation of 60s girl groups as a whole, but also paradoxically aims to free the Shangri-Las from that category, viewing them instead with the sort of individuality traditionally afforded to rock groups.

Read more here.

Odetta’s One Grain of Sand

Odetta’s One Grain of Sand, by Matthew Frye Jacobson

Publishing 4 April 2019

When 20-year-old Odetta Holmes— a classically trained singer —veered away from both opera and musical theater in favor of performing politically charged field hollers before mixed-race audiences in 1950s coffee houses, she was making one of the most portentous decisions in the history of both American music and Civil Rights. This is the first book-length treatment of Odetta and an examination of the broader cultural currents and historical roots throughout the album.

Read more here.

Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible

Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible, by David Evans 

Publishing 16 May 2019

This book tells the story of the development of Manic Street Preachers’ album, The Holy Bible. Tracing the album’s origins in the Valleys, an industrialized region of South Wales where the band spent their formative years, David Evans argues that The Holy Bible can be seen as a meditation on the uses and abuses of history.

Read more here.


Such a variety of books coming your way this spring! Which ones are you most excited about? Give us a shout on Twitter @333books and continue to follow along for more updates.

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