The resolutely minor genre of liner notes recently received a considerable boost in cultural stature when Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar decided to feature Nat Hentoff’s commentary on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan as the first chapter in their Library of America anthology Shake It Up: Great Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z. Hentoff was the most prolific producer of these simultaneously ephemeral and essential paratexts and it’s fitting that his introduction to the young Bob Dylan also introduces this collection of popular music criticism’s bid for literary respectability.
Need a soundtrack to make your holiday a little merrier? Check out our newest 33 1/3 playlist! Featuring some of our favorite 33 1/3 artists and highlighting some of the most recent additions to the series, these songs will provide the perfect background to all your tree-decorating, cookie-baking, and present-opening festivities. Listen now on Spotify and learn more about the latest books in the series, including our 150th 33 1/3. Happy holidays!
Our own version of a 2020 playlist with a back-to-school twist! Whether you’re online or on campus, you’ll enjoy this mix of music while studying, planning or taking a well-deserved break. Follow our playlist on Spotify or check out this compiled list, and be sure to click the links below to learn more about each artist and order your own 33 1/3.
Last year, we posted the top ten bestsellers of 2014 but we thought you might like to know the ALL TIME greatest hits in the 33 1/3 series. Congratulations to Carl and Celine! #1 Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love by Carl Wilson (Volume 52). #2 Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Kim Cooper (Volume 29). #3 The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street by Bill Janovitz (Volume 18). #4 Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique by Dan LeRoy (Volume 30). #5 Radiohead’s OK Computer by Dai Griffiths…