Kanye Week: Sic Transit Gloria Kanye

Welcome back to Kanye Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (hereafter MBDTF) by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. The last Kanye Week post is a special one. Our pals at Rap Genius have kindly decided to excerpt part of the book in their one-and-only annotated format. Read “POWER (sic transit gloria Kanye)” by Kirk W. Graves on Rap Genius. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and wherever 33 1/3s are sold.

Kanye Week: The Red and the Black

Welcome back to Kanye Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (hereafter MBDTF) by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. Here with his second post, Graves addresses Kanye’s duality, and the importance of a leather-clad comeback. A major part of Kanye’s appeal as both an artist and performer is his creative volatility. Whether it’s a new album, an interview, or a live show, the question is always the same: Which Kanye are we going to get? The very same energies behind his cringeworthiest moments…

Kanye Week: We Need to Talk About Kanye

Welcome to Kanye Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (hereafter MBDTF) by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. In this first post, Graves addresses the difficulty of talking about someone who talks so much himself. He’s a poet, he’s a picker He’s a prophet, he’s a pusher He’s a pilgrim and a preacher, and a problem when he’s stoned He’s a walkin’ contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction, Takin’ ev’ry wrong direction on his lonely way back home.  –…

Coming soon! EPMOW, Vol. 12

We’re very pleased to announce a teaser for the publication of the twelfth volume in our critically lauded reference series, Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. We’ve just published this year, Volume 9 which explores genres in the Caribbean and Latin America. Here, as a teaser article for the International Volume (XII), we present an excerpt on Gospel and Christian Popular Music by Dr. Monique Ingalls. International Gospel and Christian Music Dr. Monique Ingalls (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is Assistant Professor of Music at Baylor University. Published in the…

Next weekend in Salford…a conference on Music Festivals

You are invited (if you live in the UK of course) to spend the weekend with a whole host of Bloomsbury authors talking about music festivals. There’s Gina Arnold (author of 33 1/3 Exile in Guyville), Ben Hallilgan (editor of Reverberations and Resonances and the forthcoming book The Arena Concert) and George McKay (editor of the forthcoming book The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture), to name a few.  Symposium 2014 Carnivalising Pop: Music Festival Cultures  an international one-day symposium at the University of Salford Friday June 13, 2014  Guest speakers: Dr Gina Arnold,…

14 New 33 1/3 Titles: Coming 2015-2016

LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE… Bloomsbury is extremely proud to announce 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! Coming Spring 2015 Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros by Andrew Shartmann Coming Fall 2015 Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead by Buzz Poole Beat Happening’s Beat Happening by Bryan C. Parker Metallica’s Metallica (The Black Album) by David Masciotra Phish’s A Live One by…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2016: Dig Me Out

Bloomsbury is extremely proud to announce the tenth 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. Dig Me Out – Sleater-Kinney By Jovana Babović Coming Spring 2016! Sleater-Kinney’s 1997 album Dig Me Out…

New 33 1/3 Title: Daniel Johnston’s “Hi, How Are You”

Bloomsbury is extremely proud to announce the ninth 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. Hi, How Are You – Daniel Johnston By Benjamin Shapiro Coming Spring 2016! In 1983, the troubled…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Fall 2016: Psychocandy

Bloomsbury is extremely proud to announce the eighth 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. Psychocandy – The Jesus and Mary Chain By Paula Mejia Coming Spring 2016! The Jesus and Mary…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2016: The Geto Boys

Bloomsbury is extremely proud to announce the seventh 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 Geto Boys – The Geto Boys By Rolf Potts Coming April 2016! At the outset of…