New Books on Pulp, The Clash and Cardi B

This week we’ve added three new books to the 33 1/3 series: Pulp’s This Is Hardcore, The Clash’s Sandinista! and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy. We’re really excited for you to add these to your collection! Like the rest of the books in the series, each one is a deep dive into a cherished album written from a unique, personal perspective.

Pulp’s This is Hardcore

This is Hardcore is every bit as entertaining, informative and gossipy as its predecessors.”Classic Pop
“Savidge knows the album backwards.”UNCUT
“Essential reading, plain and simple.” Cult Following
This Is Hardcore is more than a book about an album; it’s a love letter to music itself.”Louder than War

This Is Hardcore is Pulp’s cry for help. A giant, sprawling, flawed masterpiece of a record, the 1998 album manages to tackle some of the most inappropriate grown-up issues of the day – fame, ageing, mortality, drugs, and pornography – and still come out crying and laughing on the other side.

Kicking off with an imaginary conversation between Jarvis Cocker and the people who run the Total Fame Solutions helpline, Savidge expertly guides us through the trials and tribulations of an album that destroyed Britpop.

The Clash’s Sandinista!

Following the success of their instantly iconic double LP, London Calling, The Clash set out to do something “triply outrageous.”

Produced by the band, it showcases their politics as well as their ability to adopt a multitude of genres ranging from punk, reggae, jazz, gospel, calypso, and hip hop. Free from the influence of their Machiavellian manager, Bernie Rhodes, The Clash still battled their record label to release the triple LP on their terms: three for the price of one.

Despite its polarizing reception from critics at the time of its release, Sandinista! is often considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Nevertheless, critics and fans have spent over 40 years debating whether the album would be better as a 12-track LP. This book entertains that idea and considers what is lost or gained in the process.

Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy

In 2020, Cardi B became synonymous with “record breaking” as her debut album Invasion of Privacy went five times platinum and became the longest charting record by a female rapper in history. From streaming and charting to views, likes, retweets, and shares, Cardi dominates.

Cardi B’s ascension to stardom is pure 21st century: from welfare kid to unapologetic stripper; reality TV persona, to social media maven, to a household name delivering one of the consummately executed albums in rap history, it’s easy to imagine future critics noting popular music as before and after the rise of Cardi B.

This in-depth look at Invasion of Privacy explores the sexual politics of hip hop through a track-by-track breakdown of the album. It addresses questions like: How does the wage gap impact pop music? Has Cardi destigmatized sex work for artists? What would hip hop look like as a matriarchy? Each chapter explores the musicality and social constructs that shape the album and a new movement in femme rap.

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