33 1/3

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

Maura | May 9, 2009 - 10:30 am

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: … More »


The 33 1/3 Series Plays The Hits

Maura | March 30, 2009 - 1:00 am

After word that the final list of books being published in the latest installment of the album-per-tome 33 1/3 series would be delayed because of “economy-related goings-on,” series publisher Continuum released a 27-album shortlist on the series’ blog. The list was probably going to cause lots of head-scratching and Internet-based anger no matter what it… More »


Wilson On “Colbert” On Celine

Lucas Jensen | March 5, 2009 - 10:30 am

James Franco’s name-check of Carl Wilson’s ode to Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love on the Oscars’ red carpet was an unexpected brush with the mainstream for Wilson’s tome, not to mention the 33 1/3 “book-an-album” series. Las night, Wilson appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss his book, which I am anxious to squeeze… More »



James Franco Journeys To The End Of Taste

Mike Barthel | February 23, 2009 - 10:00 am

It was a good night for Idolator faves at the Oscars last night. A.R. Rahman won twice, both for his original score and for the song “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire. But you know that already. You might not know about James Franco. … More »


Continuum’s 33 1/3 Series

Mike Barthel | February 16, 2009 - 10:30 am

Continuum’s 33 1/3 series, in which a book is… More »


Mike Barthel | February 16, 2009 - 10:30 am

Continuum’s 33 1/3 series, in which a book is… More »



Mike Barthel | January 12, 2009 - 12:30 pm

The full list of albums proposed for the new… More »


In Which We Wonder If Any Of You Actually Followed Through On Those 33 1/3 Pitches

Dan Gibson | January 2, 2009 - 2:00 am

When we mentioned the call for proposals by the… More »


80 ’08 (and Heartbreak): Announcing Idolator’s Year-End Extravaganza

Michaelangelo Matos | December 31, 2008 - 12:45 pm

What were the 80 most important musical recordings, artists, trends, events, and performances of 2008? What were the eight things this year that broke our hearts—or, at least, our ears? We’re happy to announce 80 ’08 (and Heartbreak), Idolator’s year-end overview. The list is below the jump. … More »



No. 25: John Darnielle’s “Master of Reality” And Carl Wilson’s “Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey To The End Of Taste”

Michaelangelo Matos | December 23, 2008 - 4:00 am

Back when Continuum first announced its 33 1/3 series of short books about classic rock albums, I imagined a veritable explosion of styles and critical approaches that might emerge. Well, not exactly: though the series has included some fiction and some formal experiments, many of the books follow the same basic paths of close-reading, autobiography,… More »


What Album Would You Like To Write A Book About?

Maura | November 3, 2008 - 1:45 am

The publishing house Continuum is apparently… More »


‘Shoot Out the Lights’

Maura | July 29, 2008 - 3:30 am

What would happen if Flannery O’Connor wrote a book in the one-album-per-tome 33 1/3 series about the Fall’s Hex Enduction Hour? More »



Maura | July 29, 2008 - 3:30 am

What would happen if Flannery O’Connor wrote a book in the one-album-per-tome 33 1/3 series about the Fall’s Hex Enduction Hour? More »


Liner Notes: Keith Richards Shot Repeatedly, Yet Survives

Brian Raftery | March 23, 2007 - 2:20 am

- Former Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman will have his photography displayed in an L.A. gallery starting tomorrow. As a special incentive, if you buy two of his works, he’ll tell you about the time he and Peter Noonan had a fart-off at Terence Stamp’s flat. More »


“33 1/3″ Book Series Is Looking For A Few Good Nerds

Brian Raftery | January 8, 2007 - 11:32 am

If you’ve ever dreamed of writing 10,000 words on how nobody “gets” 12 Inches Of Snow, then you’re in luck: The 33 1/3 books–in which writers go cocnuts over one specific album–is looking for some proposals. More »