New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2018: Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version

Ladies and germs! May we present Jarett Kobek who will pen the 33 1/3 on Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 1995 album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. This book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.

Give it a good long listen…

We caught up with Jarett to learn more about his listening and reading habits…

33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up?

JK: The Strand, New York, NY

33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world?

JK: City Lights, San Francisco, CA

33 1/3: What are you listening to right…NOW?

JK: “Here” by Alessia Cara, “Away Message” by Pink Nasty, Hickory Holler Revisited by O.C. Smith, The Love You Save by Joe Tex.

33 1/3: What are you reading right….NOW?

JK: Linden Hill by Gloria Naylor, KISS: Behind the Mask by David Leaf and Ken Sharp, The Epicurus Reader by Brad Inwood and L.P. Gerson, Pity the Animal by Chelsea Hodson.

33 1/3: Where do you live?

JK: Los Angeles, CA

Want to know more about Jarett?

You can find him at and on twitter as @heardyoulikebooks.

What to expect from Jarett’s 33 1/3:

The Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version is a small miracle: a hip-hop comedy album that continues to sound as fresh and funny as it did on the day of its release. With a never replicated sound or style, the most obscene man in show business chronicled some of the nastiest thoughts ever put on record, elevating the art of rhyming to a place where it was dirty and stinking.

Return stands not only a comedic masterpiece, but also a meditation on freedom and the power of swearing. By linking the ODB’s inspiration of party records and the chitlin circuit with a centuries old secret literary tradition of foul mouthed writers and jailbirds, this book provides context and background for the rapper’s artistry, and explores the likelihood that, on an album with a NY States Benefits Card for its cover,  the underlying message is a rejection of all social shame.

Beyond the music and beneath the shock value of the tabloid headlines was a very serious story ignored in the glitz of late ‘90s. An African-American man engaged in a public refusal to acknowledge social control and found himself under surveillance by the FBI, shot at by the NYPD’s infamous Street Crimes Unit, and crushed by the penal system. By recording a shameless album, did Ol’ Dirty doom himself to a short lifetime of police harassment and prison violence?

Say Hello to Jaret! 

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