Open Call 2015: The Complete List of Albums Proposed for the 33 1/3 Series

What is this list?

This is a list of all of the albums proposed in the open call for new 33 1/3 volumes during June and July 2015.

This is not a reflection of books to be published or my opinions as to which books should be published; it’s just data. It was compiled with the help of our brilliant editorial assistant Michelle Chen and our intern Katherine DeChant.

Thank you all so much for your hard work, I cannot WAIT to read em.

When will you make a decision?

With the unprecedented number of proposals received it might take me a bit longer to read through all of them. In addition to editing this series I’m a commissioning editor in popular music and sound studies at Bloomsbury Academic. If you’re looking for high-brow books on music and sound do check out some of our recent publications here. Which is to say that I will read as fast as I possibly can and hope to post a shortlist (of around 100 proposals) in about two months. From that short list a number of proposals will be selected to become books in the series. I sincerely hope to make the final selections by the first of November. Manuscript delivery dates will of course be adjusted accordingly if your proposal is selected. -Ally-Jane

Proposals Received


*Originally posted as 604. We missed one, very sorry about that.

M/F Author Split

18.3% female authors

81.7% male authors

M/F Artist Split

8.7% mixed or undefined

11.3% female artists

80% male artists

Top 5 Most Popular Albums

Tori Amos-Boys For Pele (proposed 8 times)

Weezer-Pinkerton (proposed 6 times)

Arcade Fire-The Suburbs (proposed 4 times)

Björk-Biophilia (proposed 4 times)

Guns N’ Roses-Appetite for Destruction (proposed 4 times)

The Complete List of Albums Proposed for the 33 1/3 Series

10,000 Maniacs-In My Tribe
2Pac-All Eyez on Me
Acid Bath-When the Kite String Pops
Against Me!-Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Aimee Mann-I’m With Stupid
Aimee Mann-Whatever
Al Green-The Belle Album
Al Stewart-Past, Present & Future
Alanis Morissette-Jagged Little Pill
Amy Grant-Heart in Motion
Amy Winehouse -Back to Black
Andraé Crouch and the Disciples-Live in London
Andrew Dice Clay-The Day the Laughter Died
Angelo Badalamenti-Soundtrack From Twin Peaks (proposed 2 times) 
Animal Collective-Sung Tongs
Anthony Braxton-Creative Orchestra Music 1976
Aphrodite’s Child -666
Arab Strap-The Week Never Starts Round Here
Arcade Fire-Reflektor
Arcade Fire-The Suburbs (proposed 4 times) 
Arcade Fire-Funeral
Arch Hall, Jr.-Wild Guitar
Augie March-Sunset Studies
Aztec Camera-High Land, Hard Rain
Babes in Toyland-Fontanelle
Bad Religion-How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
Bad Religion-Suffer
Band of Gypsys (Jimi Hendrix)-Band of Gypsys (proposed 2 times) 
Beastie Boys-Licensed to Ill
Beck-Midnite Vultures
Beck-Sea Change
Ben Folds Five-Whatever and Ever Amen
Bette Midler-The Divine Miss M (proposed 2 times) 
Billy Joel-The Stranger
Billy Joel-Glass Houses
Bishop Allen-Bishop Allen and the Broken String
Björk-Biophilia (proposed 4 times)
Black Sabbath-Dehumanizer
Blink-182-Dude Ranch
Blonde Redhead-23
Blur-The Great Escape
Blur-Life is Rubbish
Bob Dylan-Hard Rain
Bob Dylan-Infidels
Bob Dylan-Slow Train Coming (proposed 2 times) 
Bob Dylan-Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan-Street-Legal
Bob Dylan-Chronicles: Volume One
Bob Dylan-Blonde on Blonde
Bob Marley & The Wailers-Rastaman Vibration
Bob Marley & The Wailers-Legend
Bob Mould-Workbook
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band-Live’ Bullet
Bon Iver-For Emma, Forever Ago
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony-E. 1999 Eternal
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy-Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band-Gorilla
Brand New-Deja Entendu
Brian Eno-Music for Airports
Bright Eyes-The People’s Key
Bright Eyes-Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (proposed 2 times) 
Bruce Springsteen-Darkness on the Edge of Town (proposed 2 times)
Bruce Springsteen-Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen-Nebraska
Bryan Ferry-The Bride Stripped Bare
Cardiacs-Sing to God
Caribou-Start Breaking My Heart
Cat Power-The Greatest
Cat Stevens-Tea for the Tillerman
Cat Stevens-Catch Bull at Four
Charanjit Singh -Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat
Charlie Haden-Liberation Music Orchestra
Cheb i Sabbah-Shri Durga
Chicago-Chicago VII
Chris Bell-I Am the Cosmos
Chris Stamey-It’s Alright
Chuck Prophet- Temple Beautiful
Cliff Martinez-Drive Soundtrack
Cockney Rebel-The Psychomodo
Cocteau Twins-Heaven or Las Vegas
Coheed and Cambria-In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coil-Gold Is the Metal (With the Broadest Shoulders)
Company Flow-Funcrusher Plus
Cornershop-When I Was Born for the 7th Time
Counting Crows-Recovering the Satellites
Cowboy Junkies-The Trinity Session
Cowboys International-The Original Sin
Crazy Horse-Crazy Horse
Crosby, Stills & Nash-Crosby, Stills & Nash
Current 93-Thunder Perfect Mind
Curtis Mayfield-Superfly
Cyndi Lauper-She’s So Unusual
D Generation-D Generation
Daft Punk-Discovery
Daft Punk-Random Access Memories
Daft Punk-Homework
D’Angelo and The Vanguard- Black Messiah
Daniel Johnston-Hi, How Are You
Dar Williams -Mortal City
Dave Matthews Band-Before These Crowded Streets
Dave Matthews Band-Under the Table and Dreaming (proposed 2 times) 
David Bazan-Curse Your Branches
David Bowie-Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
David Bowie-The Next Day
David Bowie-David Live
David Byrne and St. Vincent-Love This Giant
De La Soul-De La Soul Is Dead
Dead Milkmen-Beelzebubba
Death Cab for Cutie-Transatlanticism (proposed 3 times) 
Deerhunter-Halcyon Digest
Depeche Mode -Violator (proposed 2 times) 
Diamanda Galas-Plague Mass
Digital Underground-Sex Packets
Discharge-Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing
Disco Inferno-D. I. Go Pop
Donald Byrd-The Catwalk
Dr. Dre-2001
Dr. John -Gris-Gris (proposed 2 times) 
Dr. Octagon-Dr. Octagonecologyst
Drive-Yank Crime
Drive-By Truckers-Southern Rock Opera (proposed 2 times) 
Drive-By Truckers-Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
Duran Duran-Rio (proposed 2 times) 
Duran Duran-Arena
Earth, Wind & Fire-All ‘n All
Echo & the Bunnymen-Ocean Rain
Eduard Artemiev-Solaris Soundtrack
Eels-Electro-shock Blues
Einstürzende Neubauten-Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T. (proposed 2 times)
Einstürzende Neubauten-Kollaps
Electric Light Orchestra-Secret Messages
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint-The River in Reverse
Elvis Presley-Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley-The Sun Collection
Eminem-The Eminem Show
Eminem-The Slim Shady LP
Ensemble Modern and Frank Zappa-The Yellow Shark
Eugene McDaniels-Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse
Everclear-Sparkle and Fade
Faces-A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… To a Blind Horse
Failure-Fantastic Planet
Faith No More-Angel Dust
Fela Kuti-Expensive Shit
Frank Sinatra-In the Wee Small Hours
Frank Sinatra-No One Cares
Frank Sinatra-Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
Frank Sinatra-Watertown
Frank Sinatra-September of my Years
Frank Sinatra -Songs for Swingin’ Lovers
Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Inside the Pleasuredome
Fugazi-Steady Diet of Nothing
Fugazi-In on the Kill Taker (proposed 2 times) 
Gang Starr-Moment of Truth
Garth Brooks-Ropin’ the Wind
Gary Wilson-You Think You Really Know Me
Genesis-The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Germs-(GI) (proposed 2 times)
Ghostface Killah-Supreme Clientele
Gillian Welch-Time (The Revelator)
Godflesh -Street Cleaner
Godspeed You! Black Emperor-Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!
Gorillaz-Demon Days
Gorillaz-Plastic Beach
Graham Parker & The Rumour-Squeezing Out Sparks
Grant Lee Buffalo-Mighty Joe Moon
Grateful Dead-The Cornell Show (5/8/77, Barton Hall, Cornell University)
Grateful Dead-In the Dark
Guns N’ Roses-Appetite for Destruction (proposed 4 times) 
Harry Belafonte-Calypso (proposed 2 times) 
Harry Chapin-Verities & Balderdash
Hawkwind-Space Ritual
Hüsker Dü-Zen Arcade
Hüsker Dü-Warehouse: Songs and Stories
Iggy Pop-The Idiot
Interpol-Turn on the Bright Lights
Iron and Wine-The Creek Drank The Cradle
Jack Kerouac -Poetry for the Beat Generation
Jackson C. Frank-Jackson C. Frank
James Alan Johnston-WWF: The Music, Volume 3
James Mason- rhythm of life
James Yorkston-When the Haar Rolls In
Japan-Tin Drum
Jawbreaker-24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Jay-Z-The Blueprint (proposed 2 times) 
Jay-Z-Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter
Jeff Beck-Blow by Blow
Jellyfish-Spilt Milk
Jerry Butler-The Ice Man Cometh
Jim James-Regions of Light and Sound of God
Joanna Newsom-Ys
John Cage-Variations IV
John Fahey-America
John Hiatt-Bring the Family
Johnny Cash-Ride This Train
Jon Brion-Meaningless
Joni Mitchell-The Hissing of Summer Lawns
Kate Bush-Aerial
Kate Bush-Hounds of Love
Keith Richards-Talk Is Cheap
Kendrick Lamar-good Kid, m.A.A.d city (proposed 3 times)
Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp a Butterfly
King Crimson-In the Court of the Crimson King
Kirsty MacColl-Kite
KISS-Music From “The Elder” (proposed 2 times) 
Kool Keith-Dr. Octagonecologyst
Kraftwerk-Computer World (proposed 2 times) 
Kris Kristofferson-Kristofferson
Kyuss-Welcome to Sky Valley
L7-Smell the Magic
Lana del Rey-Born to Die (proposed 2 times) 
Lana del Rey-Ultraviolence (proposed 2 times) 
Laurie Anderson-Big Science
LCD Soundsystem-LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem-Sound of Silver
Led Zeppelin-Physical Graffiti
Leonard Cohen-Death of a Ladies’ Man
Lil Wayne-Tha Carter III
Linda Ronstadt -Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Little Richard-the Second Coming
Loretta Lynn-Van Lear Rose
Lou Reed-Transformer
Lou Reed-Magic and Loss
Lou Reed & Metallica-Lulu (proposed 2 times) 
Madonna -The Immaculate Collection
Madonna -Like a Prayer
Madonna -Erotica
Madonna -The Immaculate Collection
Magazine-Real Life
Manic Street Preachers-Generation Terrorists
Manic Street Preachers-The Holy Bible (proposed 4 times) 
Manic Street Preachers-Everything Must Go (proposed 2 times) 
Manuel Galban and Ry Cooder-Mambo sinuendo
Maria Callas-Lyric and Coloratura Arias
Marvin Gaye-Midnight Love
Massive Attack-Blue Lines
Matthew Sweet-Girlfriend
Mayhem-De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Mayo Thompson-Corky’s Debt To His Father
Meat Loaf-Bat Out of Hell (proposed 2 times) 
Mercury Rev-Yerself Is Steam
Merle Haggard-Okie from Muskogee
Metallica-St. Anger
Michael Jackson-HIStory
Michael Jackson-Off The Wall
Miley Cyrus-Bangerz (proposed 2 times)
Ministry-Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs
Misfits-Walk Among Us
Mississippi John Hurt-Complete 1928 Recordings,
Morphine-Cure for Pain
Morrissey-Vauxhall and I (proposed 3 times) 
Mott the Hoople-Mott
Mr. Bungle-Disco Volante
My Chemical Romance-The Black Parade
My Morning Jacket-Z
Nada Surf-Let Go
Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood-Nancy & Lee
Neil Diamond-Shilo
Neil Diamond-Stones
Neil Young-After the Gold Rush
Neil Young-Tonight’s the Night
Neil Young-Trans
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds-Murder Ballads (proposed 2 times) 
Nick Lowe-Labour of Lust
Nina Simone-Nina Simone and Piano
No Doubt-Return of Saturn
NOFX-The War on Errorism
NOFX-White Trash Two Heebs and a Bean
Oasis-(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Of Montreal-Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Okkervil River-Black Sheep Boy
Okkervil River-The Stage Names
Ol’ Dirty Bastard-Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
One Direction-Midnight Memories
Oneohtrix Point Never-R Plus Seven
Os Mutantes-Os Mutantes
Ozzy Osbourne-Blizzard of Ozz
Ozzy Osbourne-No More Tears
Pantera-Cowboys from Hell
Parliament-Mothership Connection
Paul and Linda McCartney-Ram (proposed 2 times) 
Paul Simon-Graceland
Pearl Jam-No Code
Pearl Jam-Vitalogy
Pere Ubu-The Modern Dance
Pet Shop Boys-Actually
Peter Gabriel-So
Pharcyde-Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
PJ Harvey-Let England Shake
Polaris-Music From The Adventures of Pete & Pete
Prefab Sprout-From Langley Park to Memphis
Primal Scream-Screamadelica
Prozzak-Hot Show
Public Image Ltd-Metal Box (proposed 2 times) 
Pulp-Different Class (proposed 2 times) 
Pulp-This Is Hardcore
Queen-Flash Gordon
Queens of the Stone Age-Songs for the Deaf
R.E.M.-Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions
R.E.M.-New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Radio Birdman-Radios Appear
Raekwon-Only Built For Cuban Linx..
Rage Against the Machine-Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine-Evil Empire
Randy Newman-Good Old Boys (proposed 2 times) 
Red Hot Chili Peppers-Blood Sugar Sex Magik (proposed 2 times) 
Rheostatics-Whale Music
Richard Brautigan-Listening to Richard Brautigan
Richard Pryor-Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
Rick James-Street Songs
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band-Ringo
Robert Fripp-Exposure
Robert Johnson-King of the Delta Blues Singers
Robyn Hitchcock-I Often Dream of Trains
Robyn Hitchcock-Eye
Rod Stewart-Every Picture Tells a Story
Roni Size & Reprazent-New Forms
Roxy Music-Roxy Music
Royal Trux-Accelerator
Royal Trux-Twin Infinitives
Run the Jewels-Run the Jewels
Rush-Grace Under Pressure
Rush-Moving Pictures
Ryan Adams-Gold
Ryuichi Sakamoto-Illustrated Musical Encyclopaedia
Say Anything-…Is A Real Boy
Sebadoh-Bubble and Scrape
Shlomo Carlebach-Live at the Village Gate
Silver Jews-The Natural Bridge
Silver Jews-American Water
Simon & Garfunkel-Bookends
Simon and Garfunkel-Sounds of Silence
Simply Saucer-Cyborgs Revisited
Siouxsie & the Banshees-Peepshow
Skinny Puppy-The Process
Sleater-Kinney-All Hands on the Bad One
Smashing Pumpkins-Adore
Son Volt-Trace
Songs: Ohia-The Lioness
Sonic Youth-Confusion is Sex
Sparklehorse-It’s a Wonderful Life
Sparks-Kimono My House
Spiritualized-Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Spoon-Girls Can Tell
Squeeze-East Side Story
St. Vincent-St. Vincent
Steely Dan-Can’t Buy a Thrill
Stereolab-Transient Random Noise Bursts With Announcements
Stereolab-Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Volume 2)
Stereolab-Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Stereolab-Dots and Loops
Stereolab-Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night (proposed 2 times) 
Steve Earle-Copperhead Road
Steve Reich-Music for 18 Musicians
Stevie Ray Vaughan-Texas Flood
Sting-The Soul Cages
Sturgill Simpson-Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Suede-Dog Man Star (proposed 2 times) 
Sufjan Steven-The Age of Adz
Sun City Girls-Torch of the Mystics
Sun Kil Moon-Benji
Sunny Day Real Estate-Diary (proposed 2 times) 
Super Furry Animals-Mwng
Superchunk-On the Mouth
Superdrag-head Trip in Every Key
Suzanne Vega-Solitude Standing
Swervedriver-Ejector Seat Reservation
T. Rex-Electric Warrior
Talk Talk-Laughing Stock
Talk Talk -Spirit of Eden
Talking Heads-Stop Making Sense
Taylor Swift-Speak Now
Team Dresch-Personal Best
Tears for Fears-Songs From the Big Chair
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists-The Tyranny of Distance
Teenage Fanclup-Bandwagonesque
Tegan and Sara-The Con
The Avalanches-Since I Left You
The B-52s -Wild Planet
The B-52s -Cosmic Thing
The Beach Boys -Love You
The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles-Yesterday and Today
The Black Crowes-Amorica
The Boo Radleys-Giant Steps
The Breeders-Last Splash
The Chemical Brothers-DIG YOUR OWN HOLE
The Chills-Kaleidoscope World
The Clash-The Clash (proposed 2 times) 
The Clash-London Calling (proposed 2 times) 
The Clash-Sandinista!
The Cribs-‘In the Belly of the Brazen Bull’
The Cryan’ Shames-A Scratch in the Sky
The Cult-LOVE
The Cure-Disintegration (proposed 2 times) 
The Cure-Pornography
The dB’s-Repercussion
The Dead Boys-Young Loud and Snotty
The Dismemberment Plan-Emergency & I
The Dream Syndicate-The Days of Wine and Roses (proposed 2 times) 
The English Beat-I Just Can’t Stop
The Fall-Hex Enduction Hour
the Fatima Mansions-Lost in the Former West
The Flaming Lips -Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Fugs-The Village Fugs Sing Ballads of Contemporary Protest, Point of Views, and General Dissatisfaction / The Fugs First Album
The Go-Betweens-Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express
The Hold Steady -Separation Sunday
The Jam-All Mod Cons
The Killers-Sam’s Town
The Kinks-Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
The Kinks -Something Else By the Kinks
The Langley Schools Music Project-Innocence & Despair
The Lemonheads-It’s a Shame About Ray
The Long Ryders-Native Sons
The Lovin’ Spoonful-Daydream
The Mahavishnu Orchestra-The Inner Mounting Flame
The Mekons-The Mekons Rock ‘n’ Roll
The Modern Lovers-The Modern Lovers (proposed 3 times) 
The Monkees-Headquarters (proposed 2 times) 
The Mountain Goats-All Hail West Texas
The Muppets-The Muppet Show
The National-Boxer
The Notorious B.I.G.-Ready to Die
The Pogues-If I Should Fall from Grace with God
The Rolling Stones-Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Roots-Things Fall Apart
The Saints-Eternally Yours
The Shaggs-Philosophy of the World (proposed 2 times) 
The Slits-Cut
The Smashing Pumpkins-Machina
The Smashing Pumpkins-Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Specials-The Specials
The Streets-Original Pirate Material
The Strokes-Is This It
The The-Soul Mining
The Three Tenors-Carreras Domingo Pavarotti In Concert
The Triffids -Born Sandy Devotional
The Tubes-Outside Inside
The Turtles -The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands
The Undertones-Hypnotised
The Velvet Underground-The Velvet Underground
The Verve-A Storm in Heaven
The Verve-Urban Hymns
The War on Drugs -Lost in the Dream
The White Stripes-White Blood Cells
The Who-Quadrophenia (proposed 2 times)
The Wrens-The Meadowlands (proposed 2 times)
The Zombies-odessey and oracle
They Might Be Giants-They Might Be Giants
Thin Lizzy-Vagabonds of the Western World
Tin Machine-Tin Machine
Todd Rundgren-A Wizard, a True Star
Todd Rundgren-Something / Anything?
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-Damn the Torpedoes
Tom Waits-Bone Machine
Tori Amos-Boys For Pele (proposed 8 times) 
Tori Amos-Little Earthquakes (proposed 2 times)
Toto-Toto IV
Townes Van Zandt-The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
Traffic-John Barleycorn Must Die
Trans-Siberian Orchestra-Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Trumans Water-Spasm Smash XXXOXOX Ox and Ass
U2-Rattle and Hum (proposed 2 times) 
Ultramarine-Every Man and Woman is a Star
Ultravox-Systems of Romance
Van Morrison-Astral Weeks (proposed 2 times) 
Van Morrison-Moondance
Van Morrison-Common One
Various Artists-Anthology of American Folk Music(proposed 2 times) 
Various Artists-Judgement Night Soundtrack
Various Artists-The Best of Bond… James Bond
Various Artists-After Dark
Various Artists-Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968
Various Artists-Easy Rider Soundtrack
Various Artists-Let Them Eat Jellybeans
Various Artists-A Very Special Christmas
Various Artists-The Harder They Come Soundtrack
Various Artists-The Singles Soundtrack
Velvet Underground -The Velvet Underground (The Closet Mix)
Vince Guaraldi Trio-A Charlie Brown Christmas
Violent Femmes-Violent Femmes
We-As Is
Weezer-Pinkerton (proposed 6 times) 
Weird Al Yankovic-In 3-D
Weird Al Yankovic-Mandatory Fun
Wendy Carlos-Switched-On Bach (proposed 3 times) 
Wesley Willis-Greatest Hits Volume 2
White Stripes-White Blood Cells
Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (proposed 2 times) 
Wilco-A Ghost Is Born
William Basinski-The Disintegration Loops (proposed 2 times) 
Willie Nelson-Red Headed Stranger (proposed 2 times) 
Willie Nelson-Yesterday’s Wine
Woody Guthrie -Dust Bowl Ballads
X-Wild Gift (proposed 2 times) 
Yonder Mountain String Band-Elevation
Young Marble Giants-Colossal Youth
Ziad Rahbani-Bil Afrah

72 thoughts on “Open Call 2015: The Complete List of Albums Proposed for the 33 1/3 Series”

  1. Fugazi
    “in on the kill taker” their last lp with Ted Nicely, their first in the post “nevermind-era”, first to debut on billboard.
    “red medicine” first record to redefine their sound, using the room as an instrument, and their response to the punk wave of the mid-90s.
    “the argument” their final LP which seemed to predict a new American frontier of NSA, drones, foreign wars and the how they’re (seeming) relationship with the nation’s Capitol has become a hallowed diatribe.

  2. Many thanks in particular for the stats on gender. I think it’s important to know that not enough female authors are stepping up to write and not enough female artists are being covered. I know you have a massive amount of material to cover with 605 proposals — could be 10K-15K words of reading to do at least. Good luck, and thank you for your work with this series.

    1. Here’s a female artist for you, she was a huge star, and she seems to be near completely forgotten: how about Pat Benatar’s Crimes Of Passion?

  3. Damn! I just found out about this “open proposal submission” after reading about the upcoming release in the series: ‘The Black Album’ ( Metallica ). Some interesting picks for sure. I was SHOCKED and THRILLED to see someone put in their proposal for Black Sabbath’s ‘Dehumanizer’ ( 1992 ). Arguably the “lost” Sabbath classic, and one that DESERVES to be reassessed and revisited by a new generation of hard rock fans. In my opinion, it was the FINAL “five-star” album of their career. A near masterpiece without question. I sincerely hope this one makes the final cut for publishing. A cult classic for sure.

    I guess the other surprise would be Kiss’ much-maligned 1981 album ( Music From ) ‘The Elder’. Not to mention that it received two proposals! While it may have been a misstep for the band, it definitely has it’s share of shining moments. Truth be told, I prefer this album over most of the Kiss albums from 1983’s ‘Lick It Up’ onward. I give it the same rating as 1984’s ‘Animalize’: three out of five stars. Good luck to everyone who sent in their proposals!

    Unfortunately, it looks as though I’ll have to wait a while to submit my idea. In the meantime, I’ll keep working on it. Love the 33 1/3 series! Keep up the good work.

  4. Moondance! Such a rich experience, one that never tires a discerning ear. Many rewards, lyrical and musical. Please!?

  5. Hi Ally-Jane –
    I’m a little late in following up here, but wanted to let you know: I just noticed that one item in my proposal is out of sequence. In building the pdf from multiple inserts, I inadvertently placed #7 (on 33 1/3 and other music writing) at the end of the document.
    Anyway, I figure you’ll catch it, so hopefully no harm done. Thanks again for taking the time to read my proposal (Thin Lizzy/Vagabonds).

  6. There are a lot of good hip hop proposals on that list… Madvillian, Raekwon, Dr. Octagon, Ghostface, Gang Starr, Company Flow… I’d read them all.

  7. I enjoyed Susan Fast’s book on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous a lot. A great but often overlooked album. So I am excited to see two other MJ titles on the list: HIStory and Off The Wall. Both would be a good choice IMO. HIStory and Off The Wall are two very different albums from very different periods of Jackson’s career and life experiences but they are both exciting in their own way. I hope at least one of those titles will get selected.

    1. Agreed, and almost all the FNM posts start the same way! – “I would love to see/read…”
      I’d prefer to read about albums that have a large cult following, provided the books are well written:
      10,000 Maniacs In My Tribe
      Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
      Chuck Prophet Temple Beautiful
      Grant Lee Buffalo Mighty Joe Moon
      John Hiatt Bring The Family
      Ryan Adams Gold

  8. In case anyone is curious, the list breaks down at approximately 1% pre-1950s, 1% 1950s, 8% 1960s, 18.5% 1970s, 18.5% 1980s, 30% 1990s, 13% 2000s, 8% 2010s. I know that only adds up to 98% but that’s why I say approximate . . . some albums were harder to classify (like the JAMES BOND collection, for example.)

  9. Fantastic list…

    You’ve got to do Husker Du’s Zen Arcade – 3 reasons why:
    1) Its a masterpiece
    2) there are 33 1/3 about the 2 other great US underground guitar records from 1984 – The Replacements – let it be (a terrible read) and Minutemen’s – Double Nickels On The Dime (brilliant book.)
    3) There is very little written about this band, there is so much to write about this album- its a concept album, its 24 songs recorded in 4 days fueled by a bittersweet rivalry between 2 members.

    I also would love to read a book about Vitalogy – such an interesting album – the sound of one of the biggest bands in the world distancing themselves from the mainstream.

    The world doesn’t need another book about guns n roses… Boring …

    1. Actually, there is a lot of reliable, reputable material available on Husker Du. Our Band Could Be Your Life, American Hardcore, Bob Mould’s autobiography, and a so-so 300ish page biography on Husker Du itself.

  10. Marlene O'Neill

    Faith No More Angel Dust and Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf. These are two soul penetrating change the course of your life nce heard records. To know more about the making of the’s records and what the members went through to bring them to fruition is a story that myself and any other fans of the band, or music in general, want to know. Need to know.

  11. Great list. Here’s my wishlist: Bob Mould, Eels, Genesis, Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse, Rush, Swervedriver, T. Rex, Teenage Fanclub, Lemonheads, Modern Lovers, Mountain Goats, White Stripes, Zombies and Tin Machine. I just wish Sparklehorse had been Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot.

  12. Turdintha Punchbowl

    Please, please do a book on Faith No More’s Angel Dust. That may be my favorite album of all time and was the influence for an entire genre of music!

  13. WOW!!! 605!!!
    That’s amazing! I’m going to have to make a wishlist now but off course this is not reading any of the proposals, you couldn’t post the successful proposals here to give us an even better idea what you are looking for? I’m going to read your book about how to write about music very soon but I don’t think I would be the only one who would like to read them.
    Anyway below is my own very long wishlist of proposals that I hope you give contracts to the writers and then get published into books, fingers-crossed. They’re just my fave albums but also I do think they would make great and wicked books to read.
    Did I ever tell you how much love your books? And now really can’t wait to see what you do pick out but here’s my wishlist, would you like to know this? Or not?

    Angelo Badalamenti-Twin Peaks
    Arcade Fire-Funeral
    Augie March-Sunset Studies
    Bob Dylan-Slow Train Coming
    Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy-Sings Greatest Palace Music
    Cat Power-The Greatest
    Deerhunter-Halcyon Digest
    Discharge-Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing
    Dr. Octagon-Dr. Octagonecologyst
    Einstürzende Neubauten-Kollaps
    Faith No More-Angel Dust
    Fela Kuti-Expensive Shit
    Frank Sinatra-In the Wee Small Hours
    Joanna Newsom-Ys
    Kate Bush-Hounds of Love
    Lana del Rey-Born to Die
    Leonard Cohen-Death of a Ladies’ Man
    Lou Reed & Metallica-Lulu
    Madonna -Erotica
    Maria Callas-Lyric and Coloratura Arias
    Morphine-Cure for Pain
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds-Murder Ballads
    Nina Simone-Nina Simone and Piano
    Ol’ Dirty Bastard-Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
    Pere Ubu-The Modern Dance
    Robert Johnson-King of the Delta Blues Singers
    Sun Kil Moon-Benji
    The Breeders-Last Splash
    The Fall-Hex Enduction Hour
    The Saints-Eternally Yours
    The Triffids -Born Sandy Devotional
    Tom Waits-Bone Machine
    Tori Amos-Boys For Pele
    Various Artists-Anthology of American Folk Music
    Various Artists-Nuggets

    One more quick question because you got so much this time around will you now offer a few more deals for books or will just be the same number as you previously mentioned? And now just make your job harder to pick out the ones for the book deals? Maybe it also means you are getting even more popular with writers so then the book series is just going to keep getting better and better.

  14. shotofcompassion

    This is a thrilling list. The Muppets? Jack Kerouac? The Shaggs? William Basinkski’s Disintegration Loops? (TWICE?!) I’d love to see a book on The Verve’s Urban Hymns or The Pogues’ If I Should Fall From Grace…, but I’m very attracted to the more outside-the-box proposals. Most of all, I’m just jazzed by the fact that there are so many proposals. I know how hard I worked on mine, so I have a lot of respect for everyone else who submitted. This list represents A LOT of work.

  15. Surprised that no one proposed a book on Modest Mouse. Any of their turn-of-the-milennium albums (The Lonesome Crowded West, The Moon and Antarctica, Good News for People Who Love Bad News) would make amazing reads

  16. Love the Temple Beautiful album, not enough is written about artists like Chuck Prophet – their stories are often more interesting than the more well known artists. I really hope this one make it onto the list!

    1. I agree, I’d love to see an in-depth look at ‘Temple Beautiful’. Chuck Prophet is a massively under-rated artist and this album in particular is a modern-day classic that deserves wider recognition.

  17. I would love to see the Faith No More angel dust album book get produced. This one album that is an absolute masterpiece for its genre and generation. An insiders look into this work of brilliance would be eye opening to say the least.

  18. I would love to see Faith No More’s Angel Dust featured. It’s an iconic album in an interesting time, musically speaking.

  19. Gris Gris is a great choice and one I would have considered had I had any good leads to people involved. I have to assume when there is a pile-up of proposals that sort of reads like a popular vote for an album, so I have to guess we’re likely to get a Tori one and probably a new pass at Pinkerton. Interesting that there are no Iggy & the Stooges Raw Power or Fun House proposals – although those were proposed a few times in the past obviously to no avail. I pitched Appetite the first time they did open proposals and they ended up with Weisbard’s Use Your Illusion (which honestly wasn’t one of my favorites), so will be interesting to see what happens now. Amen on Faith No More. I’m surprised no Jane’s Addiction pitches – seems like that 90s lane is opening up on these. I kind of think it’s too soon for Arcade Fire – the fuller context will reveal itself downstream I think. Anyway, will be interesting to see what happens!!!!

  20. Coconut Stokes

    So good! I proposed one of the Dr. John Gris-Gris books and love that someone else did as well! I actually contemplated Weird Al’s In 3D which someone did! I’m looking forward to the Alanis Morissette-Jagged Little Pill ’cause ya’ll know it’s gonna happen! Best of luck to everyone! What a terrific selection! xox

  21. The transparency is very cool; builds interest / engagement in the 33 1/3 brand. I have my fingers crossed for my submission but now I find myself rooting for a few other submissions. Ally-Jane and team have a nifty gig; happy reading!

  22. Transparency on the selection process is cool – raises visibility / interest in the brand. While I have my fingers crossed on my submission now I find myself rooting for a few other candidates on the list. Ally-Jane and team have a really cool gig; happy reading!

  23. Michael Drewett

    How awful to be confronted with such a narrow list of commercial western options. You wouldn’t’ think popular music was made outside the Anglo western world would you?

  24. I see that Metallica’s ‘St Anger’ is on here. I actually wrote a proposal for St Anger but didn’t send it in the end as I posted a comment on a previous post asking if it was too soon for another Metallica book – and you said it was. Maybe I should have submitted after all?

  25. I’m sure many of these album have had much written about them in the past but I would love to read about Faith No More ‘Angel Dust’. Their best album and voted the most influential album of all time by Kerrang. It has had very little written about it’s production. And at time when the band have triumphantly returned to the forefront of the music scene it would be perfect timing.

  26. Yay, Motorbass’ Pansoul… the most important of all of the French Touch records. Wish I’d pitched that one… 🙂

  27. Melvins – Houdini!!! Yes, how in the world hasn’t there been a Melvins 33 1/3 yet? I’d buy two copies of that one. Great record.

  28. Peyton Thomas

    Hi! This list looks wonderful – so, so many books I’d love to read!

    I just have a quick question. I submitted a proposal on Pinkerton using my preferred/chosen name, Peyton. I mentioned in the e-mail attached to my proposal that I identify as non-binary transgender (so, neither male nor female), and that some of my older work was published using my birth/legal name. This was just to clear up any potential confusion about discrepancies in my bylines.

    Now, I’m assuming I was counted in the gender stats as my birth gender, or just not counted in the stats for ease of presentation – understandable, since I was probably the sole non-binary applicant, counting for 0.16% of the submissions. But the album I proposed, Pinkerton, was proposed several times, and I just wanted to make absolutely sure that my proposal had been received and counted.

    Thank you! Hope you enjoy reading all the proposals!

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  30. It’s ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ by Blur, not ‘Life is Rubbish’. (Though both statements may be true).

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  32. I’ve been telling this to a few people, but I would like to tell you as well: I really, REALLY wanted to submit a proposal, but for the first six months of 2015, I was deluged with freelance work (in addition to my day job); bills, taxes, insurance premiums, you get the idea. And it was during this time that one of the main musicians who contributed to the album I would have proposed died. So when I finally met my last deadline on July 15, I just didn’t have the focus to start putting together all the required materials. I feel rotten about this. I’m glad, however, that neither of the two albums I had in mind appeared on the list. I’m looking forward to the next open call.

  33. I have a question. I am a bit confused by the listing of Michael Jackson’s HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1. I submitted a proposal on HIStory but my proposal was not limited to just Book I. Can you verify for me if this is indeed my proposal? I submitted it well before the deadline so it should be there unless it has been disqualified for some reason. My name is Raven Woods. Thank you.

      1. Thank you very much for the clarification. I am looking forward to being part of this year’s competition. It looks like I am in some great company!

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