The Next Crop Of 33 1/3 Books Will Not Be As Classic Rock-Leaning As You Might Have Feared

May 9th, 2009 // 10 Comments

The 33 1/3 book series, in which one album is given a book-length treatment by a writer, has finally narrowed its latest shortlist down to 11 titles. The list of approved albums–and the authors who will be taking the albums on–for the 2010-2011 roster of books after the jump:


Portishead’s Dummy, by RJ Wheaton
Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, by Tony Tost
Television’s Marquee Moon, by Bryan Waterman
Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, by Gina Arnold
AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, by Joe Bonomo
Ween’s Chocolate and Cheese, by Hank Shteamer
Radiohead’s Kid A, by Marvin Lin
Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me, by Nick Attfield
Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, by Aaron Cohen
Slint’s Spiderland, by Scott Tennent
The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls, by Cyrus Patell


Given the sorta-classic-rockish nature of the previous shortlist, I’m a little relieved that this roster of titles doesn’t hew as closely to the Canon Of Acceptable-To-Discuss Rock as some might have feared it might be. (NB: Dummy was actually not on that list; series editor David Barker said that he “changed my mind on that one, late in the day.”) And hey, at the very least, the semi-triumphant return of Gina Arnold should inspire some nostalgia for fanzine-era complaining!


The Chosen Eleven [33 1/3; HT (and congratulations to) scott pgwp]

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  1. lol Cyrus Patell was a faculty fellow at my dorm last year.

  2. Damn. Ned Raggett didn’t make it. I would’ve totally bought his book if he made it to publication.

    Also the idea of a book about Young Marble Giants’ “Colossal Youth” looked promising.

    I’ll probably buy the Slint and Portishead (and maybe the Television) books though.

  3. Some Girls is the only Stones album I really really like beginning to end. I’m kinda excited.

  4. A hearty congrats to all on the final list! But let me tell you, missing the cut at this point was worse than not making the first round. :\

  5. @DocStrange: Thank ya sir — I had already missed the cut back in late March so I knew I wasn’t in, so I’ll be interested to see how Marvin’s book turns out!

  6. I like how someone had to be cool and choose Slint. Ugh. Annoying.

  7. @Vulture.Protein: yeah, god, how lame. writing a book about one of the most influential and popular “indie” records of the last 20 years. and yet they keep rejecting my supreme dicks submissions. what gives?

  8. I’m kind of interested in the Portishead, Television, and Ween offerings. Currently, I’m reading Volume 61: Flying Burrito Brothers’ Gilded Palace of Sin. Such a great read – it’s renewed my interest in the series after some less than stellar 33 1/3 volumes.

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