A blog about Bloomsbury Academic's 33 1/3 series, our other books about music, and the world of sound in general.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Neutral Milk Hotel update

If, like me, you're excited to read Kim Cooper's forthcoming book about In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, you can find out a bit more about it here.

I was supposed to go to Queens this weekend to take a photo for the book. But it was too damn hot. I'll do it next weekend Kim, I promise!

Stereophile, etc

There's a nice piece about the series in the current (July 2005) issue of Stereophile magazine, by Robert Baird. Not sure if you can read the piece on-line, but look out for the magazine. It has a fine-looking speaker on the cover.

Samplers are being sent out as we speak, so if you asked for one you should be receiving it soon.

Jim Fusilli will be reading from his Pet Sounds book in Red Hook, Brooklyn on the afternoon of Sunday July 10th. More details to follow shortly.

The second instalment of Joe Pernice's riotously successful Cribs series is now ready for your viewing pleasure, should you be interested.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The league table

Here's an updated sales chart for the series.

Positive moves for the Joy Division and Velvet Underground books; the Beatles are closing in on Neil Young; Pet Sounds continues its march up the chart; Colin Meloy's mini-memoir is showing some legs, and there's quite a scrap developing at the bottom of the table between the three newest books: R.E.M. leads the way in initial UK sales, but Buckley and Costello fight back with stronger sales so far in the US.

Meat is Murder
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Forever Changes
Unknown Pleasures
Velvet Underground & Nico
Let It Be (Beatles)
Dusty in Memphis
OK Computer
Electric Ladyland
Sign ‘O’ the Times
Pet Sounds
Let It Be (Replacements)
Abba Gold
Exile on Main St.
Live at the Apollo
Led Zeppelin IV
Armed Forces

Friday, June 10, 2005

Links at last

Due to the inspired technological advice I received from Rob Trucks and Karan Rinaldo, there are finally some links on this blog. It's possible there are one or two authors in the series who have websites I don't know about - feel free to let me know if that's the case. And I'll add some more links when I'm back from holiday about a week from now.

If you feel like doing some non-music reading, click on the link called "Like A Fiery Elephant". That will take you to a PDF of the introduction to the best book I'll ever publish - Jonathan Coe's biography of B.S. Johnson. (Although if you're in any country apart from the United States, I can take no credit: the book is published by Picador everywhere else.)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Autumn Sampler

In the next couple of weeks, we'll get copies of our Autumn Sampler. This will be a 160 page book, in a charming orange cover, and it will feature extracts from the following, upcoming titles:

Kick Out the Jams
Born in the USA
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
London Calling
The Notorious Byrd Brothers
Music from Big Pink

These samplers are just for sending out to reviewers, bookstores, and for giving away to unsuspecting folks at random shows in NYC over the summer. (The performance of Kick Out the Jams at Northsix in July springs to mind...) We won't print very many, and they'll end up being worth at least $5, in the hands of various internet booksellers. If you'd like a copy, just send me an email: