Open Call 2015 Results: The 16 New Books in the 33 1/3 Series

This was an extremely competitive round with unprecedented submission numbers. So first of all, thank you to everyone who submitted and to everyone who keeps us going. From 605 proposal we have selected 16 to become books in the series. I’ll introduce each author and approach to you over the next three weeks but first I’d like to present the complete list of books. You’re bound to disagree with some of my selections but I truly feel that these 16 proposals were outstanding original pieces of thought that will make brilliant additions to this series.

As you know we’ve had a very busy fall…with the publication of books on Metallica, Beat Happening, Miles Davis and Phish. And the spring promises the Grateful Dead, Sleater-Kinney, Blondie, New Kids on the Block and The Geto Boys. The books selected from the 2015 open call listed below will be published in the Spring of 2017 and beyond.

Oh and please join me in conversation with George Grella and Bryan Parker tomorrow (Thursday, November 5th) at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint. We’ll be talking Jazz, Seattle, my sleeping habits and many other exciting things. 7:00pm, or join us for a drink after at t.b.d. bar up the street.

x Ally-Jane

Without further adieu, the next 16 books in the 33 1/3 series will be:

Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy by Ronen Givony

24 Hour Revenge


The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde by Andrew BarkerBizarre Ride


Tori Amos’ Boys for Pele by Amy Gentry

Boys for Pele

Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth by Michael Blair and Joe BuccieroColossal Youth

Björk’s Homogenic by Emily Mackay


Fugazi’s In on the Kill Taker by Joe Gross

In on the Kill

Modern Lovers’ The Modern Lovers by Sean L. Maloney

Modern Lovers

Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskogee by Rachel Rubin

Okie Muskogee

Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow by Samantha Bennett


Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version by Jarett Kobek

36 Chambers

Wendy Carlos’ Switched-On Bach by Roshanak Kheshti

Switched on Bach

Japan’s Tin Drum by Agata Pyzik

Tin Drum

Lou Reed’s Transformer by Ezra Furman


Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks OST by Clare Nina Norelli

Twin Peaks

Camp Lo’s Uptown Saturday Night by Patrick Rivers & Will Fulton

Uptown Saturday

Bob Mould’s Workbook by Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch


Once again…that’s


32 thoughts on “Open Call 2015 Results: The 16 New Books in the 33 1/3 Series”

  1. Your style is very unique in comparison to other folks I’ve
    read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just
    book mark this site.

  2. Admiral Snackbar

    Wow! Hip-hop albums, female artists, female writers…This is like the Bizarro 33/13 lineup. And Colossal Youth finally!

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  5. Let’s home the final copy of the Modern Lovers book has actual cover artwork for the 1976 Berserkley LP and not the artwork for the 1989 CD compilation.

  6. Obviously disappointed that my Scary Monsters pitch didn’t make it, but I’m quite excited about Transformer and Tin Drum. Can’t wait to see what comes!

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  8. Your Gramma's Grammar

    It’s “ado”, dammit. You’re publishers, you can at least get that right. “Without further ado”, as in “much ado about nothing”.

  9. Well, cool! So picked out 5 which made the cut without reading the proposals, not bad from 605 LOL! So now I will promise I will buy when published: Twin Peaks by Clare Nina Norelli, Transformer by Ezra Furman, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version by Jarett Kobek, Homogenic by Emily Mackay and Boys for Pele by Amy Gentry plus I haven’t listen to Fugazi for awhile but maybe I will get back into them before the book comes out! So Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Einstürzende Neubauten didn’t make the cut, I really wanted those ones 🙁 oh well you can’t have everything!

    I have to point out now still NO KATE BUSH!! What are you going to do about that?? You know need a book on Kate?? It’s just not right to not have her in the series so can I write one? Just joking but maybe need to get someone write one, commission someone or something! You got to fix this big problem, you know??

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  14. love the diversity of the selections, and I’m looking forward to reading at least four of these, starting with Twin Peaks; and possibly four others INCLUDING Switched-On Bach.
    The world does need a Wesley Willis book, I should point out.

  15. Not sure what all the bellyaching is about. It’s not like you have to like the record itself for the book to be interesting or a good read. I mean, arguably the best book in the series is about a Celine Dion record. I’m looking forward to seeing what approaches these authors are taking in examining these works.

    1. The people who are bellyaching are probably the authors whose books were rejected. There were a lot of butt hurt writers complaining in the comments the last time they released a short list for the Open Call. I am a writer too, and I know how much it sucks getting a manuscript rejected, but that doesn’t make it right to trash other people’s work in a public forum.

  16. Justin Williams

    Great list! Would have loved to see Wesley Willis and Ten Ragas, but maybe they can be books for other presses or other projects. Switched on Bach deals with a lot of issues (many of which I am interested in) so I’m excited for that, Twin Peaks, Tori Amos and others.

  17. shotofcompassion

    While it does sting that my proposal on Wesley Willis’ Greatest Hits: Volume II was not selected from the short list, I am happy with the variety and breadth here. I’m particularly interested in reading the ones on Twin Peaks and Merle Haggard.

  18. Leave it to Beaver

    Tons of stinkers on here. Switched-On Bach? For real? That record probably haunts every 25 cent bin in the country. Never has any album been harder to give away. The series and quality of writing has been in obvious decline for a while now. Quantity over quality. Thanks but no thanks.

    1. Justin Tonation

      I’m glad that you’re not making Bloomsbury’s decisions because “Switched-On Bach” is an excellent choice. This was the first all-electronic album to gain the public’s attention, just a few years after the first Moog synth hit the market. Electronic music albums before this were largely avant-garde and academic affairs heard by 10’s of people. There’s also the novelty aspect to explore, both as seemingly light entertainment and as something that was genuinely new. Also, it’s worth exploring the god-like status of Bach in music. Bach’s music is especially well-suited for an album like this, plus the name Bach works as a brand of elite music, thus allowing for very effective marketing of the record.

      1. To Justin’s comment, I would add: the album is unique in the way it bridged the old and the new – music of the 1700s performed with the nascent electronic music and recording technology of the late 1960s – and how the electronic arrangements reflected a refined and nuanced feminine sensibility, which brought out the clarity of Bach’s interleaved melodic lines in his compositions in a way never before experienced, and which made the album superior in every way to the many (male-dominated) imitations that followed in its wake. (Even Glenn Gould chimed in on this, giving Carols’ Brandenburg IV major kudos.) I look forward to Ms. Kheshti’s take on this groundbreaking album, an album that was a major influence on my formative years, and coming out (as it were) at a time of so much internal and external social turbulence.

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