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Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Shortlist

I'm very pleased to announce that the 170 proposals below have made it on to the so-called shortlist. Fingers crossed, every single person who submitted a proposal has received an email from me today, bearing either good or bad news. (Please do check your spam folders or whatever, because I ran into a bunch of technical glitches this afternoon but I'm sure as I can be that all the emails did actually go out.)

All of the proposals on this shortlist had *something* about them - enough to make me think they'd make a book worth reading. And yet so many of the proposals that didn't make the cut were good, too; there's definitely an element of luck to all of this, and I can only apologise to those who feel hard done by.

As for what happens next...a small group of us will consider these 170 proposals as closely as we can, and maybe 6-8 weeks from now we'll have reduced this list to a much more manageable size. Feel free, in the comments below, to wax lyrical about Bill Fox, AC/DC, what on earth do we think we are doing, etc.

UPDATE: I GET THE SENSE THAT A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET AN EMAIL TODAY, DESPITE MY BEST EFFORTS. IF YOU'RE ONE OF THEM, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT MY REGULAR WORK EMAIL, AND I'LL SORT THIS OUT - THANKS! (david at continuum-books.com)

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2 Live Crew – As Clean As They Wanna Be
AC/DC – Back in Black
AC/DC – For Those About To Rock
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Agnostic Front – Cause for Alarm
Animal Collective – FEELS
Aphrodite’s Child – 666
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace
Arthur Russell – World of Echo
The Beatles – The Beatles
The Beatles – The Beatles
The Bee Gees – Best of the Bee Gees, Volume 1
Ben Folds Five – The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
Big Country – The Crossing
Bill Fox – Transit Byzantium
Black Uhuru - Showcase
Bob Dylan – Self Portrait
Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind
Britney Spears – Blackout
Britney Spears – Blackout
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
The Cars – The Cars
The Chills – Submarine Bells
The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us
Crowded House – Together Alone
Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
Daft Punk – Discovery
D’Angelo – Voodoo
David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
Digital Underground – Sex Packets
Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me
Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me
Donovan – Gift From a Flower to a Garden
Drive-By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera
Drive-By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera
The Drones – Gala Mill
Duran Duran – Rio
The Eagles – Greatest Hits
ELO – Out of the Blue
Emmylou Harris – Pieces of the Sky
Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
Fairport Convention – Liege and Lief
The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour
Fennesz – Endless Summer
Fugazi – 13 Songs
Fugazi – In On the Kill Taker
Garth Brooks – (in…) The Life of Chris Gaines
Gary Numan and Tubeway Army – Replicas
Gary Wilson – You Think You Really Know Me
Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator)
Girl Talk – Night Ripper
Grateful Dead – Anthem of the Sun
Grateful Dead – The Closing of Winterland
Hall and Oates – Rock ‘n’ Soul Part One
Herb Alpert – Whipped Cream and Other Delights
The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday
Husker Du – Zen Arcade
The Incredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter
The Incredible String Band – Wee Tam and the Big Huge
Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
J Dilla – Donuts
The Jam – All Mod Cons
Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual
Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Jefferson Airplane – Crown of Creation
Jellyfish – Spilt Milk
Jimmy Eat World – Clarity
John Lennon – Live in New York City
Johnny Cash – American Recordings
Johnny Cash – American Recordings
Kanye West – 808 & Heartbreak
Karen Dalton – In My Own Time
Kiss – Destroyer
The Knack – Get the Knack
Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen – Various Positions
Lil’ Wayne – Da Drought 3
Little Feat – Sailin’ Shoes
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music
Madonna – Ray of Light
Main Source – Breaking Atoms
Manu Chao – Clandestino
Massive Attack – Blue Lines
The Mekons – Fear and Whiskey
The Melvins – Lysol
Metallica – Metallica
Metallica – Master of Puppets
M.I.A. – Kala
The Millennium – Begin
Moby Grape – Moby Grape
Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West
The Monkees – Head
Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
The Mountain Goats – All Hail West Texas
Namco – Katamari Fortissimo Damacy
Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night
New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies
New York Dolls – New York Dolls
New York Dolls – New York Dolls
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
The O’Jays – Back Stabbers
Operation Ivy – Energy
Paul Simon – Graceland
Pearl Jam – Vitalogy
Pere Ubu – Dub Housing
Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Phil Ochs – Rehearsals for Retirement
Phish – Junta
Phish – Rift
Pink Floyd – The Wall
The Police - Synchronicity
Portishead – Dummy
Public Image Limited – Metal Box
Pussy Galore – Exile on Main Street
Radiohead – Kid A
Radiohead – Kid A
Rage Against the Macine – Evil Empire
Randy Newman – Good Old Boys
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
REM – Automatic for the People
The Residents – Commercial Album
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
The Rolling Stones – Some Girls
The Rolling Stones – Some Girls
Rush – Moving Pictures
Rush – Moving Pictures
Sandy Denny – Sandy
Scott Walker – The Drift
Sleater-Kinney – One Beat
Slint – Spiderland
Slint – Spiderland
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
The Strokes – Is This It
Suicide – Suicide
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
Talking Heads – Remain in Light
Talking Heads – Remain in Light
Television – Marquee Moon
They Might Be Giants – Flood
They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
Townes Van Zandt – Townes Van Zandt
USA for Africa – We Are the World
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
Van Halen – MCMLXXXIV
Various Artists – Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures Vol 1
Various Artists – O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
Various Artists – Reservoir Dogs soundtrack
The Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
Warren Zevon – Warren Zevon
Ween – Chocolate and Cheese
The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Woody Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads
X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents
X – Los Angeles
X – More Fun in the New World
XTC – Wasp Star (Apple Venus Vol 2)
Yoko Ono – Plastic Ono Band
Young Jeezy – Let’s Get It
Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth
The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

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236 comments:

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William said...

Congratulations to all who made the cut, from one who didn't (this time around, anyway). Some really exciting possibilities here. Look forward to 'em.

Jez said...

"The Drones – Gala Mill"

I really like the sound of that one...

Stephon Johnson said...

808s over The College Dropout? I'm intrigued. While 808s does warrant a book for sure, why the latest album instead of the one that made him famous?

Stephon Johnson said...

BTW: Congrats to those that made the cut. This was the first time I submitted a book proposal ever and even though I didn't make the shortlist, I really enjoyed the experience. Thanks guys.

Anonymous said...

If we didn't get an email, but our pitch is still listed here how should we take that?

Asa Pillsbury said...

The world needs more discussion of Phil Ochs.

Anonymous said...

Probably the best thing about this list is that the proposal for Big Country's The Crossing is still listed. Laughed hard at that - congrats to the wiseacre who took it seriously enough to make the cut.

Anonymous said...

so many recent albums...very, very recent...

Anonymous said...

Big Cun...sorry Country gets the vote over my proposal? FFS!

Mo said...

Sleater-Kinney! So glad to see an important band like that on this shortlist... fingers crossed the book gets made.

Anonymous said...

My predictions for books that will make it:

Bill Fox – Transit Byzantium

Big Country – The Crossing

The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us

Things are in their favor.

Iren said...

From the short list here are the ones I would like to see:

The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us
Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
The Jam – All Mod Cons
Jellyfish – Spilt Milk
Johnny Cash – American Recordings(x2)
New York Dolls – New York Dolls (x2)
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
Suicide – Suicide
Various Artists – O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
Various Artists – Reservoir Dogs soundtrack
Warren Zevon – Warren Zevon
X – Los Angeles

congrats to everyone on the short list, and condolences to those who didn't make it... I am among your number...

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute...The Mountain Goats proposal made the cut?

A book about a relatively recent album recorded by a guy who's just published his own highly-touted book in this very same series?

Hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Sad not to make it... but, I should have read the long list more closely - didn't see Nick Cave - yes, indeed!

Anonymous said...

Van Fucking Halen, USA for Africa, Big Country and Garth Brooks. What on earth are you guys on?

Sorry, I'm just heart-broken I didn't get through and cannot believe those above got through. I'm a first-timer so this is my first rejection and cannot understand why acts as lousy as the above are worthy of such appraisal by 33 1/3 (and no don't wave the Sea-lion Dion book at me).

Anonymous said...

Speaking as the person who wrote the Big Country proposal, no one is more (pleasantly) surprised than me. Thanks for the good wishes, and best of luck to the rest of the list--there's a good half-dozen in there I'd buy in a heartbeat.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and Violent Femmes...Cave and Femmes, no brain-ers. ...still sad about my own proposal... thank god for beer and cable :(

Anonymous said...

" Sorry, I'm just heart-broken I didn't get through and cannot believe those above got through. I'm a first-timer so this is my first rejection and cannot understand why acts as lousy as the above are worthy of such appraisal by 33 1/3 (and no don't wave the Sea-lion Dion book at me)."

For the love of God: it is not the merits of the subject but the quality of the proposal and the premises and discourse therein. Get a grip and be more considerate of the hard work and dedication of those whose proposals you are knocking based on title alone. This series is evidently leaning towards favoring cultural criticism and the strength of unique ideas over the reaffirmation of records everyone already understands to be "classic." I implore you: get with it.

Anonymous said...

You need to all stop focusing on the ALBUM and realize that it's also about **the quality of the proposal** as well as the ability of the book to SELL. Maybe the Van Halen proposal was submitted by a really great writer? Maybe the Garth Brooks proposal is utterly fascinating?

I've read some of the rejected proposals that people posted on their blogs and such. In almost all the cases of the ones I've read, the artists were certainly well-revered and worthy of books, but the proposals were boring or pedestrian or, I'm sorry to say, not very well written.

Again, stop evaluating the list based on your personal standard of taste and think about everything that was involved. Submitting a proposal on Arcade Fire didn't guarantee you a free ride just because it was Arcade Fire. It had to be a great proposal to stand out in a field of SIX HUNDRED.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but I bloody worked hard too pal. I'm not certain there's much you can write in academic detail about those bloody acts. At least mine had historlogical context and a different perspective to the history of the album than had not previously been discussed elsewhere. Big Country? Oh that bloke who was in the Skids..wonder what was the story there???? Fascinating for millions, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

hey heartbroken, so tell us, what album did you submit a proposal for?

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Anonymous said...

Even without Darnielle's entry in the series, that Mountain Goats record is terrific. I'd buy that book in a stack with Devo, New York Dolls & AC/DC.

Anonymous said...

The Velvet Underground - Third.

Anonymous said...

I'm not ashamed to admit that this was my third time submitting. This time I was completely mercenary in my selection of what album I proposed to write about, and worked quadruple overtime on my proposal. Even then, I was completely prepared to not make it again, given the volume of the competition.

It paid off. I'm on the shortlist this time. But I didn't go whining when I didn't make it the previous two times. I just buckled down and did things differently this time - and even then, there was zero guarantee.

Anonymous said...

Well, good for you sir. ;)

Anonymous said...

It's actually quite affirming to hear someone who has been previously rejected has made the shortlist this time. I admire your perseverance and am definitely thinking about my next proposal.

Leor said...

Congrats to those who made it! It certainly appears to have been a tough decision.
For those interested in reading proposals from those who missed the cut, feel free to peruse as you wish:
http://perfectlines.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/just_short/

Anonymous said...

As someone familiar with the Garth Brooks album, I'd say there's an excellent story behind it...

Anonymous said...

A huge thank you to David for not only reading all the proposals, but for trying to reach out to everyone to let them know, no matter what the outcome. I'm sure many of us have worked hard on a pitch for somewhere else only to never hear anything. Thank you David, your dedication to the series is inspiring.

Anonymous said...

*As someone familiar with the Garth Brooks album, I'd say there's an excellent story behind it...*

Oh yeah....dickhead redneck country singer in 'try something different' shocker. Oh please....

Anonymous said...

"For the love of God: it is not the merits of the subject but the quality of the proposal and the premises and discourse therein. Get a grip and be more considerate of the hard work and dedication of those whose proposals you are knocking based on title alone. This series is evidently leaning towards favoring cultural criticism and the strength of unique ideas over the reaffirmation of records everyone already understands to be "classic." I implore you: get with it."

File under: pedantic. Two colons in one snide, snippy dismissal seems a bit excessive; hopefully you can mix up the punctuation a bit more if/when your proposal makes its way into publication. Be adventurous!

Anonymous said...

Lol. Oh that was good. First laugh I've had today!

Anonymous said...

*As someone familiar with the Garth Brooks album, I'd say there's an excellent story behind it...*

"Oh yeah....dickhead redneck country singer in 'try something different' shocker. Oh please...."

Eh, call it as you see it. I'm sure I'd find whatever you're listening to underwhelming, as well.

Anonymous said...

""For the love of God: it is not the merits of the subject but the quality of the proposal and the premises and discourse therein. Get a grip and be more considerate of the hard work and dedication of those whose proposals you are knocking based on title alone. This series is evidently leaning towards favoring cultural criticism and the strength of unique ideas over the reaffirmation of records everyone already understands to be "classic." I implore you: get with it."

File under: pedantic. Two colons in one snide, snippy dismissal seems a bit excessive; hopefully you can mix up the punctuation a bit more if/when your proposal makes its way into publication. Be adventurous! "

You counting colons: Hahahahahahahahaha!

Define snide! I would imagine the bulk of those lurking this board would agree with me. Proof?: above!

Anyway, your sore loser juice is everywhere. Towel?

James said...

Seriously, I dislike Garth Brooks as much as the next guy, but if the proposal is solid cult. crit., and I trust David's and Continuum's judgment that it is as they haven't really let us down yet, then I'll give it a go.

If the series is moving more in a cultural criticism direction -- which the wild diversity of these proposals may or may not indicate -- I'll look forward to seeing how it pans out.

The only thing I won't like about it though is I can't see myself plopping Garth Brooks or Kiss on the turn table for days at a time while I read the book (and I love that, right now, I've been reading "Shoot Out the Lights" for two days, and have listened to the album four times already).

That being said, a Brooks/Gaines book about pop culture and constructed identity, or a Kiss book about the corporatization of rock music could be fantastically interesting.

Some of the title might not look right, but did Celine Dion? And it's one of the best books in the series.

bobblog said...

Very interesting selection

Anonymous said...

really excited about many of these! i would personally love to see The Cars, among others.

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Anonymous said...

Ha Ha...33 1/3 gets spammed.

Sam said...

I've just read the Celine Dion one and it kinda floored me. I mean, you could argue that, in order to really work, a 33 1/3 book has to be cultural criticism on some level, so I think the Garth Brooks thing could yield a really cool direction. Separation Sunday could yield a whole reappraisal of the state of rock music, so I'm rooting hardest for that one and the Spiderland one that my friend did.

Anonymous said...

Just out of curiousity, how many of the books published so far are critiques, and how many are historical accounts of the album's background?

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great list. I also think (as one of the people who didn't make the cut) that sour grapes are a little out of place. We all know these books are great. The series is great. The people who run the series know what they're doing. Obviously we'd all like to have our books published - but that can't be. We knew that from the outset. If you are among the unchosen, you just have to get over it, wish the people whose books have made it through the latest round good luck and - like the man above says - try and do better next time. So: good luck to everyone on the shortlist! You're in great company!

Ian Abrahams said...

Fab to see some of the british punk bands getting some recognition through this list outside of the more obvious ones. The Jam and X-Ray Specs both excellent candidates for sure.

davidmc said...

congrats to whoever got through with the Replicas proposal! I was stunned but pleased that two of us had chosen to examine this much-overlooked album.

Anonymous said...

To the person complaining about USA For Africa -- I've read that proposal, and honestly, I seriously doubt anyone put in a better pitch this time around. It sounds weird, but once you know the angle (and the author), everything changes.

Anonymous said...

Superb list - expected it to be whittled down so there was no doubling up but that fact this hasn't happened proves it truly was based on the quality of the proposals alone. Again, it is a truly remarkable feat from David to turn this around so quickly, and as someone else has already said, most publishers wouldn't bother responding at all so we are indebted to him for that.

The Crowded House, Zombies, Fairport Convention and Moby Grape seem the most essential ones for me...

Anonymous said...

keeping my fingers crossed for Talking Heads... :)

Anonymous said...

New Order...New Order...New Order.

Anonymous said...

Really excited about the prospect of liz phair, the strokes, erykah badu, cyndi lauper & nick cave.

Anonymous said...

So funny to see stuff like Phish, Rush and Ween. You KNOW these dorky bands will sell books.

Nik said...

The USA for Africa author is Michael Jackson, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I'm thrilled to still be in the running. Thanks for this opportunity and good luck to everyone. This has been a great experience so far, which is a rare thing in the current publishing world.

I'd like to put in a shout for Dub Housing, Southern Rock Opera and The Cars, and am curious as to what world lies behind Katamari Fortissimo Damacy.

Anonymous said...

i guarantee you that the eagles greatest hits will be on the final list. taking bets now.

Anonymous said...

Replicas!

Anonymous said...

You know what's not on the list? Forthcoming Wilco album. Better luck next time, Tweedy!

Anonymous said...

Some advice to our anonymous crybaby: if you want to have any future in writing, you need to learn to handle yourself more professionally.

I worked hard on my proposal, too, and am disappointed that it didn't make the short list, but I know that I learned plenty just from going through the process of writing and submitting it. For every 33 1/3 book someone writes, there are so many good proposals the editors have to pass on, and it's ridiculous to take it personally.

To lash out the way that you have isn't going to change the editors' minds--not this time or any other time you do it. It's only going to make you look immature and difficult to work with.

If you can't handle rejection, writing is seriously not something you should stick with, because nearly all writers get rejected many, many, MANY times before they have something accepted.

There are a lot of great possibilities on this list. I'm looking forward to seeing what books will be the next to join the series.

Thanks to David and the other editors for such quick but careful consideration. While some people may not be happy with the decisions, the submission and selection process was organized and and nothing but professional, which I greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

please don't let the Kid A book be boring like the OKC one. really excited.

Anonymous said...

*Just out of curiousity, how many of the books published so far are critiques, and how many are historical accounts of the album's background?*

Sorry, this is a serious question. Not one of my sarky comments.

Anonymous said...

You could just do some research, guy! You're on the internet!

Also, there are other ways of doing it - fiction, for example.

Ellroy said...

So I'm gone. :( And a few others I was looking out for! - Beatles For Sale, Aphex Twin, Phil Spector... Where are you?!? Darn.

Anyway, there's still some real gooduns. Most excited by:

Scott Walker - THE DRIFT,

Yoko Ono - PLASTIC ONO BAND,

THe Residents, Woody Guthrie, Arthur Russell. Yes please!

Nathan Kemp said...

> a Kiss book about the corporatization of rock music could be fantastically interesting.


I'd like to read about that too. I like entries in the series that are less furrow-browed appreciation/ seriousness, and more about a specific time and place in the cultural landscape.

Anonymous said...

despite not making the shortlist, there are a few on here than i'm genuinely excited about (pussy galore, 2 live crew, the cramps).

i do think that i see a large number of books that could potentially skewer off into the realm of a personal creative nonfiction project (britney spears, animal collective, etc). cultural criticism, creativity, and flights of fancy are all well and good but i tend to think that the 33 1/3 series is at it's best when the record is being dealt with in a direct and concrete manner and not merely as a plot device.

Anonymous said...

This is my 2nd rejection from Continuum and I don't find it disappointing at all. It was fun and rewarding to write a proposal. And ultimately I believe my proposal was strong but the album was simply too obscure.

Still, better in my mind to propose and album that is meaningful to me, than to seek one out that will just get my name in print.

Looking forward to the future of the series and another chance to propose in the future.

Anonymous said...

David, out of curiosity, could you tell us how many of the shortlist proposals are for fiction projects?

Al said...

Some great stuff here: 2 Live Crew, Arthur Russell, Digital Underground, J Dilla, Kraftwerk, Pharcyde, PiL, Richard Hell, Steve Reich, Suicide, Talkign Heads.

Just a shame that Aphex Twin and Yellow Magic Orchestra never made it.

Anonymous said...

The final list, fer sure:
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
The Cramps - Songs the Lord Taught Us
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men?
Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
The Eagles - Greatest Hits
Garth Brooks - Chris Gaines
The Jam - All Mod Cons
Johnny Cash - American Recordings
Lauryn Hill - Miseducation
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
Slint - Spiderland
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Television - Marquee Moon
The Zombies- Odessey

Anonymous said...

Definitely NO, NO, NO:

Animal Collective - Feels
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Britney Spears - Blackout
The Eagles - Greatest Hits (why a greatest hits album?)
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
Kanye West - 808 & Heartbreak
Lil' Wayne - Da Drought 3
Madonna - Ray of Light
M.I.A. - Kala
The Strokes - Is This It?
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Young Jeez - Let's Get It

Though I like many of them, nobody is going to be listening to any of these albums ten years from now. Why write a book about a forgettable indie-pop or pop-rap album when they're simply products of the period.

As for the strokes, I understand the seminal nature of that album, but it's just not that good.

I vote way yes on Chocolate and Cheese, Spiderland, and O brother, though.

D. said...

As long as you find the Pussy Galore proposal meritworthy, I won't carp that i didn't make the cut. I learned a lot. I totally appreciated the class and good manners David showed in dealing with this (sometimes whiny & insecure) lot. And I'm going to pitch to another publisher.My project also involves film and in that field are several publishers with similar series to 33.3 out there.

Best of luck to the best writers! (you know who you are).

Anonymous said...

As long as you find the Pussy Galore proposal meritworthy, I won't carp that i didn't make the cut. I learned a lot. I totally appreciated the class and good manners David showed in dealing with this (sometimes whiny & insecure) lot. And I'm going to pitch to another publisher.My project also involves film and in that field are several publishers with similar series to 33.3 out there.

Best of luck to the best writers! (you know who you are).

Anonymous said...

Which publisher, oh anonymous one? *hint*

caspian said...

Very tasty list...my faves:

Big Country
Cramps
Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
Fairport Convention – Liege and Lief
The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour
Herb Alpert – Whipped Cream and Other Delights
John Lennon – Live in New York City
Kiss – Destroyer
Leonard Cohen – Various Positions
New York Dolls – New York Dolls
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey
Phil Ochs – Rehearsals for Retirement
Randy Newman – Good Old Boys
Slint – Spiderland
Talking Heads – Remain in Light
Townes Van Zandt – Townes Van Zandt
USA for Africa – We Are the World
Woody Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads
Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth

Anonymous said...

"Definitely NO, NO, NO:

Animal Collective - Feels
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Britney Spears - Blackout
The Eagles - Greatest Hits (why a greatest hits album?)
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
Kanye West - 808 & Heartbreak
Lil' Wayne - Da Drought 3
Madonna - Ray of Light
M.I.A. - Kala
The Strokes - Is This It?
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Young Jeez - Let's Get It

Though I like many of them, nobody is going to be listening to any of these albums ten years from now. Why write a book about a forgettable indie-pop or pop-rap album when they're simply products of the period.

As for the strokes, I understand the seminal nature of that album, but it's just not that good.

I vote way yes on Chocolate and Cheese, Spiderland, and O brother, though."

The sheer broad-brush audaciousness of some of these comments is beginning to grate on my nerves.

Has anyone mentioned that the merits of the proposal supersede those of the album being addressed? Yes they have... several fucking times.

And you follow the critique of shelf-life and then endorse ween!? No bueno...

Anonymous said...

"Though I like many of them, nobody is going to be listening to any of these albums ten years from now. Why write a book about a forgettable indie-pop or pop-rap album when they're simply products of the period."

Whoa whoa whoa. People won't listen to Animal Collective or Arcade Fire in 10 years? You, dear poster, are SORELY mistaken. These two bands are some of the most influential groups to emerge within the last decade; both have massive amounts of staying power. Hell, I definitely plan on showing those two albums to my kids when I become a parent, and just like children of this generation brag that their parents saw Talking Heads or Sonic Youth back in the day, kids of the future will brag that their mom saw Arcade Fire or their dad was an Animal Collective fan. Geez. LIGHTEN UP.

Richard said...

Great list. My 15 picks (in alphabetical order) are:

Animal Collective - Feels
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me
Gary Numan and Tubeway Army – Replicas
Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
Suicide – Suicide
Talking Heads – Remain in Light
Television – Marquee Moon
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

As far as the new artist debate, I think it's ridiculous. It's all about what the writer brings to the table---new albums can be dissected just as much as older ones!

What did the rejection/acceptance emails say?

Anonymous said...

"Why write a book about a forgettable indie-pop or pop-rap album when they're simply products of the period."

To prove you wrong, guy...

Peg A said...

A very nice short list with some excellent choices, though many are a bit of a mystery to me, appeal-wise (which of course is what makes the world go 'round). Doing a proposal was a great experience, despite being rejected, and I will definitely try again.

I got a very nice response from David B. when I asked for feedback. Turns out my proposal was well-focused and "beautifully written" (thanks Dave!) but apparently the previous book on Jethro Tull had not sold very well, so a second one was gonna be a tough sell. Of course, my take on it is that Songs from the Wood fans would be a more bibliophilic lot than Aqualung fans...

So glad the Herb Alpert album made the short list!

Anonymous said...

"Why write a book about a forgettable indie-pop or pop-rap album when they're simply products of the period."

Or as I say "Why write a book about crappy 80s bands or 70s country-lite acts only deaf morons would listen to, they're simply shite from the period"

The rejection e-mail I got looked like a standard one sent to hundreds, by the way.

Anonymous said...

I, too, am interested in what the emails sent out said. I got an acceptance one, so I'd like to see the other end.

Anonymous said...

""Why write a book about a forgettable indie-pop or pop-rap album when they're simply products of the period."

To prove you wrong, guy..."

That's why I did it! This guy sounds angry. Did he pitch something old/obscure and is mad a newer album took his precious spot?

Joel said...

Books I'd be interested in reading:

Ben Folds Five
Digital Underground
Garth Brooks (maybe)
Lauryn Hill (definitely, especially if it talks about what she's done to her legacy, as it were)
Portishead
Radiohead
Smashing Pumpkins

Rebenga Mann said...

I never notice the Katamari proposal on the other list. I would honesty trade my first born for a book on the music from that game. It combines J-pop, power ballads, techno, children's folk and much, much more!

Christ, we NEED that book!

Aside from that, I'm very happy about the love for Dylan's Self Portrait. I'm glad someone else loves it enough to write a book on it.

Anonymous said...

Even in more mellower state, I still say 'Garth Brooks???? WTF? Are you maaad?'

Anonymous said...

Re Katamari

....erm, hate to break it to ya pal, these books are about 'albums', not games. Sorry to shatter the illusion.

Mark E said...

too much whining and bitching. I proposed, got rejected and have moved on to my next idea. If you have anything about you at all, you'll do the same. Suck it up

Anonymous said...

Top 5 -

Devo
Fugazi
Scott Walker
Steve Reich
Warren Zevon

Now THAT would be a really short shortlist!

(Most disappointing disappearance -
Earth 2...)

Swizzle said...

LMFAO@ Anonymous 'Definitely NO, NO NO....' and @ the responses! Hilarious!


AC/DC
The Bee Gees
The Cramps
Daft Punk
D'Angelo
Duran Duran
Eryka Badu
The Fall
Grateful Dead
Jane's Addiction
Johnny Cash
The Knack
Madonna
The Monkees
New Order
NWA
Portishead
Paul Simon
Talking Heads
Television
They Might Be Giants
X-Ray Spex


How about that? A few million sellers, bit of country, bit of R&B, bit of Rap, bit of Pop, bit of 80s, bit of Punk, bit of alt-Rock. And Paul Simon/ Grateful Dead for the classic MOJO-types. And some women. And The Knack. There you go, six weeks of work sorted out for you guys in 10 minutes.

:)

PS. Out of matter of interest, how many on the shortlist are women authors?

Anonymous said...

Yoko Ono and the Cramps.

I would like to know how people with such little talent became important artists.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm AC/DC. Bon or Brian?

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a book on The Millenium's Begin!

Anonymous said...

Favorites:

Animal Collective – FEELS
The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour
Fennesz – Endless Summer
Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
Namco – Katamari Fortissimo Damacy
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
Operation Ivy – Energy
Radiohead – Kid A
The Residents – Commercial Album
Scott Walker – The Drift
Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
X – Los Angeles

Anonymous said...

To all my brothers and sisters on the shortlist who are still one of multiple proposals: it felt good to get on the shortlist, right? And then you're feeling kind of cocky, like, I am the last Blackout standing! And then you get to the shortlist and you're like, shit. I AM FEELING THE SAME WAY. I CAN RELATE TO YOU.

Still, congrats are in order!

Andrew Hickey said...

Some of you people really need to learn the meaning of the word 'professionalism'. The 33 1/3 people didn't need to open up for public submissions - the series is more than well-known enough that they could just go to known writers.

Ultimately it's their decision what books they put out, and they're the only ones who have read all the submissions. The books have generally ranged from pretty-good to great, so I trust their judgement.

They've also been very open about the entire process, and I know that when I emailed asking what about my submission had made it unsuitable (so I'd know what mistakes to avoid next time) I got a very polite, reasonable reply within a very short time. The rejection emails *were* just a standard mailshot, but that's understandable enough, and if you want to know why your proposal was rejected you can always ask...

Publicly berating people for daring to choose something other than your own masterpieces is a surefire way of making them think it's not worth their time to open submissions in the future...

Incidentally, if you think your proposals were so good, why not show them to the rest of us? Mine's at http://andrewhickey.info/2009/02/15/smile-though-your-nose-is-running/ - are you brave enough to let others see your similarly-rejected works?

Rev. Mike said...

I feel very fortunate to have made the shortlist. I do honestly feel my concept is a good one, yet I was shocked when I got my email. Thanks David for all your hard work. I have had to invest in an institutional sized jar of antacids since Sunday though. These next few weeks are gonna be a killer. Good luck everyone, there are quite a few of my favorite albums on the list, which does not necessarily a great book make, but has admittedly been my initial criteria when buying books in this series. Good luck to everyone.

Anonymous said...

emmylou! (possibly because i've just finished the burritos book, and am now jonesing for an emmylou harris companion piece.)

also,

talking heads - remain in light
new york dolls - new york dolls
mountain goats - all hail west tx
gary numan - replicas
leonard cohen - various positions
woody guthrie - dust bowl ballads


was sorry to see the daniel johnston write-up didn't make it. next time, perhaps.

Anonymous said...

It's a myth that being a professional writer is mostly about rejection. It's mostly about *not hearing anything at all* after you submit a manuscript or query. It's really remarkable that David and Continuum have opened up this process, and made a point to contact everyone individually not only in acknowledgment of their submission but with every decision along the way. The thing is, when you hear nothing, at least you can convince yourself that maybe they just were too busy to read it--the problem was with time and volume, not your talent and ideas. It turns out actually hearing "no," after being given an equal chance, maybe feels worse. So if you didn't make the short list, it's ok to be disappointed and privately whinge about such-and-such crap record, but try to recognize what a unique experience this actually is, and use it to help build and tweak your next project.

That said, my wish list (if of course these are the best proposals):

Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
They Might Be Giants - Flood
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
New Order - Power, Corruption and Lies
XTC - Wasp Star

ElliottS said...

Pre-order list:


Scott Walker - Drift

Moby Grape - eponymous

The Mountain Goats - AHWT

And, ok, Garth Brooks.

Anonymous said...

Without benefit of reading the actual proposals, I am most excited by the prospect of reading:

Dylan - Time Out of Mind
Donovan - A Gift from a Flower to a Garden (rock's first box set!)
Fairport Convention - Liege and Lief
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Jefferson Airplane - Crown of Creation
Johnny Cash - American Recordings
Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music
Monkees - Head
Neil Young - Tonight's the Night
Portishead - Dummy
Public Image Ltd. - Metal Box
Scott Walker - The Drift
Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
Television - Marquee Moon (shouldn't be impossible!)
X - Los Angeles
Yoko Ono - Plastic Ono Band
Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
Zombies - Odessey and Oracle

Would also love someday to see someone propose and sell a pitch for Graham Parker's Squeezing Out Sparks. Listened to this for the first time in awhile over the weekend and it hit me between the eyes that Elvis Costello owes this album everything.

Anonymous said...

what is the email we can contact david if we want to ask him about our rejected proposal? the 33 1/3 one or the continuum one?

Andrew Hickey said...

The continuum one. He said it might take a while for him to respond, but got back to me at least quite quickly, possibly because I replied approximately a nanosecond after receiving the rejection ;)

Anonymous said...

"To all my brothers and sisters on the shortlist who are still one of multiple proposals: it felt good to get on the shortlist, right? And then you're feeling kind of cocky, like, I am the last Blackout standing! And then you get to the shortlist and you're like, shit. I AM FEELING THE SAME WAY. I CAN RELATE TO YOU"

Dear Sir

Fuck off

Signed

The pissed off rejectees.

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't quite agree with the last post (perhaps a little too strong, n'est pas?) but I can see where many of the 'pissed off' people are coming from.

Ok, I was 'heart-broken' when I heard the news but I have mellowed out somewhat but I am still...well, disappointed that so many [i]crap[/i] and 'way out' selections have made it ahead of others who have put in worthy and hard-working selections about albums they love. How are we supposed to encourage new people top write of they are beaten by someone pop culture intellectual showing off his skills by dallying with the dregs of popukar culture?

For example:

Big Country – The Crossing
Britney Spears - Blackout (x2)
Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
Duran Duran – Rio
The Eagles – Greatest Hits
Garth Brooks – (in…) The Life of Chris Gaines
Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
USA for Africa – We Are the World
Van Halen – MCMLXXXIV

So there are 8 crap proposals on crap albums that have usurped proposals by people who have worked hard and long on worthy ideas about 'real' albums. Not jokey concept books that only music journos will read. It's just being clever for the sake of being clever. Not helping to encourage the rest of us to even try. That is the jist of why I was so pissed off the other day: not the rejection, but the ridiculousness of what beat you out of the competition. I am going to try again but it'll mean putting myself through all this again albeit more cynically which I think is a real shame. Maybe I'll try and do a proposal on a Daniel O'Donnell album instead of my lovely Velvets, U2 or The Beatles. Hey ho.

(In saying that, I am happy to see proposals on Yoko Ono, The White Album, Marquee Moon, The New York Dolls, Emmylou, 'Head' and Ziggy. Those sound pretty good)

Finally, some have harped on about how some newer albums have creeped in ahead of their proposal. Surely, it's too soon..they've yet to be seen as classic etc. Well, I disagree. I'd say the same as above but slightly differently: if these are the albums exciting the younger reader and writer, then don't disencourage them by slagging off their new acts off the bat. Mind you, I'm not sure about Britney Spears, though. ;)

I'm done. Good luck to the rest of you (except the 8 above). And I mean that.

Anonymous said...

Yes, goodbye Anon at 2:39 you've been carping for too long. Oh, so you love U2, the Velvets, the Beatles and that should be enough to get you the deal. Man, what an individual you are ...

Anonymous said...

2:51....I was not suggesting that smart arse. Those bands have released bad albums too. Oooh funny that, eh? Sod off you sarky git.

jamlegs2 said...

If you do decide to publish either of the TMBG or the Modest Mouse book, I will buy them on the day they come out.

Anonymous said...

My top picks are:

Big Country – The Crossing
Britney Spears - Blackout (x2)
Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
Duran Duran – Rio
The Eagles – Greatest Hits
Garth Brooks – (in…) The Life of Chris Gaines
Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
USA for Africa – We Are the World
Van Halen – MCMLXXXIV

and Bill Fox

Anonymous said...

"How are we supposed to encourage new people top write of they are beaten by someone pop culture intellectual showing off his skills by dallying with the dregs of popukar culture?"

Did you think that maybe the 8 you hate so much could spell and ... uhm ... write sentences in English?

Anonymous said...

"So there are 8 crap proposals on crap albums that have usurped proposals by people who have worked hard and long on worthy ideas about 'real' albums."

Holy moly. For the umpteenth time, "crap" album does not denote "crap" proposal. Please come to terms with that.

Also, what qualifies a record as 'real'?' Are you trying to imply that Garth Brooks created the Chris Gaines album in an alternate universe? 'Exile on Main Street' is, in my opinion, a 'fake,' blues-rock hack job, yet it has warranted an overwhelming amount critical attention, including a book in this series.

In short, the object is not important. It is HOW you approach the object that gives your writing strength and relevance.

And, if I may: Velvets, U2, and the Beatles? It's 2009, guy. Your precious canon is archaic. Renew your subscription to Rolling Stone and sit this one out.

Anonymous said...

If there was a facility to edit your comments after posting, I would have gone back and changed the mistakes. But there isn't. Stop fucking being childish, moron.

Anonymous said...

Some of these blog comments read like the first few pages of John Darnielle's book...written by the 15 year old in the psych ward.

Anonymous said...

Oh FFS..just because I mention my three favourite bands in passing above, you judge the whole bloody message and its thrust as 'archaic'. Did you really read it? No, you didn't. Look at what proposals I said would be interesting: Yoko Ono, Ziggy, The Monkees' 'Head', The New York Dolls S/T, Emmylou and Marquee Moon. I'd also say Slint, Woody Guthrie, Kid A, PiL, Kraftwerk are good too. I didn't mention them as I didn't want you to think this was all a love fest for 33 1/3.

Donald said...

Newness =/= crappiness.

It may be too soon to tell with some bands on this list, but if you look at the selling power of many of these bands that started out small (ie: looking at the Billboard position of Animal Collective's new album) might provide some insight on the importance of the internet in the neo-indie band world, and on a more simple level, the sheer public popularity of previously ignored musical stylings.

It's just a thought...But I think more people would want to read a well written proposal on something like Wilco than an OK proposal on some seminal 70s rock group.

Anonymous said...

Yes, David: How many of the original 75 female authors made it through?

Anonymous said...

Hey, everyone, something to keep in mind is that this is about the proposal more than the record. After all, The Dark Side of the Moon is an amazing, epochal work, but if someone sent in a proposal that consisted of nothing but “This record rocks and everyone knows it!” over and over again, then that proposal would not have been chosen. So, we can’t just make the decisions based on the record itself. Like, that Garth Brooks record. Maybe the proposal was for some sort of hallucinogenic mini-novel wherein the author is going to either channel the Brooks character (or else Brooks himself), trying to figure out the WTF-ness of it all. That would be totally cool, even if the record itself is not. So that’s really the missing piece here. This is about more than just canonization, saying one record’s better than another.

March to the Sea said...

good luck to all. I didn't get chosen (and neither did the two others that submitted for the same record). I'd read a LOT of these..so good luck.

Anonymous said...

Someone above said - "that Garth Brooks record. Maybe the proposal was for some sort of hallucinogenic mini-novel wherein the author is going to either channel the Brooks character (or else Brooks himself)".

That's the idea - LSD-infused positive vibes. As Jerry Garcia would've said, 'not a bummer, man.'

Andrew Hickey said...

Anonymous, what strange world are you living in where only 'music journos' would buy a book on Britney Spears or Garth Brooks, while the average punter is queueing up for a book on a forty-year-old Yoko Ono album?

Some of those titles jump out at me as things I'd love to read a book on (for example Begin by The Millennium) while others I can't begin to imagine wanting to read anything more on (I really don't think the world needs another book on the White Album) but that has only a passing connection to the merits of the album (the White Album is probably in my all-time top ten).

You haven't read the proposals - you don't know what the quality or commercial potential of those books would be. If Ms Spears herself had decided to do a proposal on her own album, for example, it would be foolish for them not to publish it. I can think of at least three different ways you could do a decent book on the Eagles' Greatest Hits, and so on.

What you seem to be singularly failing to understand is that the list of books being put out under the 33 1/3 imprint is not some MOJO-style attempt at creating a definitive canon of 'all time great albums' but rather a collection of interesting books. You have surely heard the saying that you can't judge a book by its cover - well, you have just judged eight potential books on a lot less information than that, while the shortlist has been put together after *actually reading several thousand words by the authors*.

If you worked so hard on your proposal, why not submit it elsewhere? Or just self-publish? If you genuinely think that the book you want to write will be of the same quality and commercial potential as the books already in the series, and that your judgement on this is better than that of professional editors who constantly read through these proposals and make these decisions for a living, then prove them wrong.

But in the meantime, don't spoil opportunities for yourself and the rest of us by behaving like a spoiled, petulant child.

BTW, for those of you who wanted to read the rejection email, despite the impression some people may have given, it didn't say "Mwahahahahaha We are turning down your lovingly-written masterpiece about a Proper Rock Album and instead going to start making millions from books about flash-in-the-pan one-hit-wonders, for we are evil", but rather:

"I’m sorry to say that your proposal for the 33 1/3 series didn’t make it to the shortlist. We had so many good proposals this time around, it was something of a lottery trying to decide which ones to keep, and which to turn down. And I know that we’ve ended up turning down some very solid proposals.

Due to the volume of submissions, I can’t respond to each one individually (hence this mass email, for which I apologise). If you really, really want some feedback on your proposal, feel free to email me at my regular work address – david@continuum-books..com I’ll do my very best to get back to you, but it might take quite a while.

Bear in mind that Continuum does publish extensively , outside of the 33 1/3 series, in the areas of music, film, and pop culture in general. If you’re interested in submitting a proposal for a different type of book, I’d be happy to take a look at it. You can go to our website at www.continuumbooks.com, click on the “Authors” tab, to see guidelines on how to submit a book idea. We are an academic publisher at heart, so proposals based on original scholarship are more likely to be seriously considered. Again, you’ll get a sense of what we publish by spending a few minutes on our website.

Thanks once again for sending us your proposal. It was a pleasure to read them all, and we really do appreciate your interest in the series.

Very best wishes,

David"

Anonymous said...

Re: 3:43

"After all, The Dark Side of the Moon is an amazing, epochal work, but if someone sent in a proposal that consisted of nothing but “This record rocks and everyone knows it!” over and over again, then that proposal would not have been chosen"

I see what you're say mate (and thanks for not jumping down my throat) but my proposal was not like that: it was a exploration of the history behind my album's creation. It was a turbulent time and I had a new angle on it based on some new material that had just surfaced.

I still don't get these mad books based on nothing to do with either the history of the album or an analysis of the music itself. I thought the point of the series was to study albums, not to go off on your own pet project for the sake of beig clever(e.g Celine Dion). All the books I have read in this series have been along the lines of the former, not the latter. I'm baffled.

Anonymous said...

Dear bitter people above,

Since you've clearly never submitted a book proposal before, let me tell you how it USUALLY goes:

1) Work your ass off customizing your proposal for a dozen or so different publishers.

2) Ship off hard copies to each of them, at your own expense.

3) Receive no word at all from 9 of them. (Did it get lost in the mail? Did it fall behind a desk at the publishing house? Who knows!)

4) Receive at least two form letters telling you that they do not even consider proposals without a literary agent attached. And, if you're lucky, get a form letter from maybe one of the publishers telling you that you "do not meet (their) needs at this time."

(And it's not unheard of to then a year later hear about some book coming out that sounds suspiciously like the idea you had proposed, from one of the publishers to whom you sent a proposal. Nothing you can prove, of course...)

NOW, contrast that to the 33 1/3 method. Here you have very clear guidelines and deadlines, as well as encouragement from the publisher. You get immediate acknowledgement of your proposal. And then you only have to wait two months before learning their decision, which is handled in a polite, prompt manner. You can even ask questions about it, and usually get an answer.

In other words, you all just experienced the most open, most transparent, most writer-friendly book proposal process you will probably ever encounter. And yet you're bitching about it...

It's okay to be disappointed, even upset, but the tone a lot of you are taking (especially those of you who single out a proposal based on its title alone and complain about it, despite not knowing the slightest thing about it) is outrageously unprofessional and childish, and suggests you might want to consider a different career if this is how you respond to rejection. Because that's what being a writer is about, kids. So grow up or get out.

Anyway, I can't wait to see which ones get picked up. There's a lotta interesting stuff here.

Anonymous said...

Hey all. I just wanted to say I'm kinda glad (and relieved) that I was rejected this round. This is one of the toughest audiences to please - I did propose a newer album but I would never go back on how I wanted to approach it. It is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons much like so many of these albums up here.

But yeah, if you are one of the people disqualifying a pitch because it's a newer album, I say, just because it's not something you lost your virginity to 30 years ago, doesn't mean that it's not worthy. (Next time, I'll pitch Hole, if you get my drift *wink wink*)

Go Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, and especially, Wilco! Oh yeah - and everyone else who did a great proposal!

Anonymous said...

There is no point to the series other than writing about music interestingly. Sometimes you can more effectively get at the essence of a subject by tracing the contours instead of piercing it through the middle.

David said...

Anon at 3.40pm: I just did a quick count, and we appear to have 25 women authors left in the running. Which is a slightly higher ratio than we started with.

Anonymous said...

I'm the fellow (yes, I admit to being a fellow) who pitched Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual." I just sent Mr. Barker a query and wanted to mention it here just to make sure he knows about it.

The "mail"'s running about 5-to-1 for Cyndi. I'm lucky there. Thanks to everyone offering support.

Anonymous said...

Not from me though

*huffs in corner*

Anonymous said...

I already included it on a wishlist above, but I am happy to re-emphasize my support of a Cyndi book. The gent who put it in the crap lump clearly knows nothing about the woman.

Anonymous said...

Two songs - True Colors and Time after Time - do not agreat artist make. Let alone worthy of a book. Unless, it's a trashy showbiz biog for the wife.

Anonymous said...

a trashy showbiz biog for the wife.

okay...but tell us how you really feel about women.

MRC said...

The Strokes disc, PJ's Vitalogy, Neil's Tonight's the Night, New York Doll's eponymous...these all sound fantastic. Oh, oh, oh - Marquee Moon, Richard Hell and the Voidoids...you make me happy. I hope this group winds up making the final cut. There's my two cents.

mrkvm said...

So happy to see the Talk Talk album proposal is still in the running. If I had the ability to write one of these, that would be on my shortlist of albums to write about.

Good luck to everyone who made the cut!

Anonymous said...

4:45...no really, my wife loves reading these. Honest.

Anonymous said...

Two thoughts:

“I still don't get these mad books based on nothing to do with either the history of the album or an analysis of the music itself. I thought the point of the series was to study albums, not to go off on your own pet project for the sake of beig clever(e.g Celine Dion). All the books I have read in this series have been along the lines of the former, not the latter. I'm baffled.”

Yeah, I sort of am, too, even though I’m a big fan of this series. “Meat is Murder” is an all-time favorite record, and I really love Joe Pernice (have seen him live twice and have most of his records), and yet I loathed his book that was ostensibly about “Meat is Murder.” But hey, they’re trying to keep things interesting. That’s what reviews are for, and that’s what different perspectives are for. If you want facts and dates, there’s Wikipedia.

Also, regarding all us commenters:

“This is one of the toughest audiences to please.”

Dude, you’re so right. We need to realize that we may be the writers, but we’re not necessarily the audience. Lots of people buy lots of books on bands and records, but they’re not as rabid as we are.

Falco said...

Night Ripper!

Anonymous said...

Uh, could I raise a point here? What’s the use of having a book about a record that’s out of print or available only as an expensive import? Like, you can’t even buy “You Think You Really Know Me” or Pussy Galore’s “Exile on Mainstreet” any more (not to mention the Bill Fox record, whoever he is). And Amazon has ONE new copy of “Hex Enduction Hour” and it’s an import being sold for for $35. This versus, you know, something like “Remain in Light,” which we all may own but it’s also picking up NEW fans. I just think it’s silly to have a book accompany a record that no one can buy. It’d be like writing a book about “Chimes at Midnight” or “The Day the Clown Cried.” Interesting, yes; but limited.

Anonymous said...

5:16 - Because this series of books is not a marketing campaign for the albums it covers. I wrote a pitch for Hex Enduction Hour and four other records, and went with the one (different record) that I thought sounded like the book I really wanted to write, and thankfully got in.

Anonymous said...

To all those that didn't make it: if you think your pitch is worthy send it around to other publishers or better yet, go ahead and write the book anyway and publish it yourself, and market it yourself. I've done it and while I haven't make a dime on it, it was a rewarding experience that taught me more about being a writer than any paying gig I've had.

Actualize the things you see for yourself.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous, what strange world are you living in where only 'music journos' would buy a book on Britney Spears or Garth Brooks, while the average punter is queueing up for a book on a forty-year-old Yoko Ono album?...

don't spoil opportunities for yourself and the rest of us by behaving like a spoiled, petulant child. "


Sing it, Hickey!

Anonymous said...

"Incidentally, if you think your proposals were so good, why not show them to the rest of us? Mine's at http://andrewhickey.info/2009/02/15/smile-though-your-nose-is-running/ - are you brave enough to let others see your similarly-rejected works?"

I'll see yr "Smile" and raise you an Escovedo - check out my own rejected pitch here: blindlimejefferson.wordpress.com

snarky prick said...

I'd like to take a moment to express my outrage that you're even CONSIDERING albums that I'm not personally interested in, by bands that are not widely revered in my peer group!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Testify, brother! Lol.

Anonymous said...

Yes, when I saw that Bill Fox made the first cut, my first thought was, "Aha, aggressive lobbying makes more difference than they've let on!"

Come to think of it, I'm still thinking that...

Regarding 5:16's comment: out of the whole shortlist, I can only find two titles listed by Amazon as out of print, the Fox and the Fall. But chime in out there if you find others!

Anonymous said...

jesus... i hope what you "rejects" write is more interesting than your whining...

James said...

Not to condone law breaking, but 'in print' is hardly relevant anymore...cough...cough...and for the record, I'd LOVE to see a book about Hex Induction Hour.

Iren said...

Note to David...
I would prefer that you use the following rejection e-mail next time around, at least for me... thanks to Andrew Hickey for writing it...

"Mwahahahahaha We are turning down your lovingly-written masterpiece about a Proper Rock Album and instead going to start making millions from books about flash-in-the-pan one-hit-wonders, for we are evil"

thanks Andrew it made me... dare I say it... Smile.

Anonymous said...

Okay the two questions on everyone's mind. One: how many titles will get picked for the "final cut"?

And two, who the heck is Rage Against The Macine?

Oh look, there's your wahmbulance! said...

Might I interject here with the Greater Internet Dickward Theory?

http://spaghettitesting.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/internetdickwadsmall.jpg

The first rule of journalism is, you don't talk about Fight Club. I mean, you get the fuck used to getting rejected.

Anonymous said...

I will echo the question: How many women made the cut?

Anonymous said...

I was rejected this time around, and I agree with those who have pointed out how ridiculous the bitching is. Let's not forget that, much as he might try to be fair, this is one man's subjective opinion--rejected proposals weren't necessarily AWFUL, and he wasn't trying to tell you to quit writing, but rather that it wasn't what they're looking for this time around.

I'll also echo the sentiments above that, if you're really interested in journalism, you'd do well to grow a thicker skin and get used to having ideas rejected.

With the caveat in mind that I haven't read any proposals aside from my own, here are some albums that I would love to read about based on the merits of the music:

Fennesz - Endless Summer
Ween - Chocolate and Cheese
X - Los Angeles
Suicide - Suicide
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
PiL - Metal Box
Pere Ubu - Dub Housing
The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express
Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual
Tubeway Army - Replicas

The only proposal I flat-out don't get is Girl Talk. I understand that he's popular, but please be aware that he is far from the first person to make a mashup, and the lineage of copyright-thumbing sampling goes far, far back. All GT did was make it cool for hipsters.

Anonymous said...

A few people have mentioned that the Fall album is hard to get. Does that mean that it doesn't warrant coverage? Can't a book set out to INTRODUCE you to music you don't necessarily know? It doesn't have to be about preaching to the converted does it? Who's to say that a book can't drive a reissue, can't introduce new people to a band etc etc etc. If you don't know The Fall, you're missing out...

Anonymous said...

1:11

I agree with everything you say and your selection of preferred proposals...

BUT doesn't it...well even in the back of your mind...only for a smidgeon...bug you that some really crap albums got ahead of your proposal? Honestly?

Anonymous said...

Anon at 1:11 - what are you talking about? Who's to say YOUR choice of albums isn't 'crap'? What standards and criteria determine what is good? Is it because it's cool? Because somebody told you it is 'cool', or because it is presumed to rest within the usual canon of so-called greats that have already been written about over and over ...

Whether or not an album is crap - however that is judged - doesn't really matter. What this series is about is writing, and let's face it - so far all everybody has written about their chosen albums is a proposal. Too bad if you think your proposal was 'better' - but it was only 2000 words. The book will take you maybe a year to write, and for hardly any reward.

Anonymous said...

Second the last comment - just because some nerds on here are determined to establish that there is a certain amount of crap still on the shortlist, when they'd rather pick something apparently more worthy means nothing.

If the proposal sucked it doesn't matter how f*cking 'cool' the album of your choice is - because at the end of the day Continuum are selling the books, not the albums. Let's say I pitched for Kiss or something all you cool kids think is 'crap' and - I could easily go over to some Kiss mailing list and say, 'hey, guess what - if you go over to the 33 1/3 blog you can witter on endlessly about how brilliant your favourite band is.' Won't make any difference to what books are chosen. Likewise the attempt to name the 'crap' albums that don't deserve to be written about.

Anonymous said...

Do you really fucking think The Eagles or Garth Brooks are worth discussing in any shape or form? C'mon? Really? Does anyone here REALLY LIKE them and want to hear more? Honestly? Even in a mad what-the-hell let's post something intellectual for the sake of it context? No, really explain to me why the hell anyone wants to read a book about these and others (Big Country, Cyndi etc) because they are all poor relations. Not because, I think they are shit but more because, well...for me and some who were rejected are NOT worthy of being worked on by 33 1/3. (and before anyone steps in - and I have pointed this out before, with one exception - this does not include some very new exceptions)

Anonymous said...

I should add...until the bloody Celine Dion book last year, it was a 'proper' field. Now, any clever psuedo-journo can now write a jokey book about about a poor album for fun. Thanks Carl Wilson, your name sake will turn in its grave.

Andrew Hickey said...

Carl Wilson's namesake duetted on TV with Belinda Carlisle and Olivia Newton-John, was in a band with members of America and Chicago, sang on records with Elton John and Dave Lee Roth, and the last album he was on that was released in his lifetime was an album of remakes of Beach Boys songs by country 'hat acts' like Toby Keith and, indeed, a member of the Eagles.

Remind me again why he'd be turning in his grave?

Anonymous said...

Edit 2:

Do you really fucking think The Eagles or Garth Brooks etc are worth discussing in any shape or form? C'mon? Really? Does anyone who subscribe to 33 1/3 REALLY LIKE them and want to hear more? Honestly? Yeah, honestly? Even in a mad what-the-hell let's post something that no-one will expect in their nightmares? No, really explain to me why the hell anyone wants to read a book about these acts and others (Big Country, Cyndi etc) because they are all really poor relations in the vast expanse of popular culture. Slint, The Pixies, Grand Master Flash, James Brown, Amalia Rodrigues, Miles Davis, Kraftwerk and The Associates amongst others have total value (and I haven't mentioned the band I proposed there). Britney, USA 4 Africa, Big Country etc DO NOT. It's because, It's not that I think they the really bad ideas are shit proposals but more because, well...for me and other rejectees these shitty acts are NOT worthy of being worked on by 33 1/3. That's not a 'reaction' to new or lesser albums, it's just a bad idea to reward ones that many feel are poor as it many denigrade the series overall.

(and before anyone steps in - and I have pointed this out before, with one exception - this does not include some very new albums)

Anonymous said...

"Remind me again why he'd be turning in his grave?"

His namesake never sung something as beautiful as 'God Only Knows' or harmonised on 'Till I Die'. He only wants to dally with Sea-Lion Dion. I know it's a 'great book' but FFS, it's Celine Dion!! Scum of the earth. Have u heard her version of 'You Shook Me All Night Long. I may not be a big fan of AC/DC but I share their shame. Yuuuk!

Anonymous said...

How many people reading this, irrespective of whether their proposal was acceptd or not, are currently rolling their eyes and saying, Get over it! You weren't picked. Nothing you say is going to change it. Boo hoo! Another album that you deem unworthy of discussion pipped you to the post. Boo hoo. Get over it. Grow a set. You know? You big baby.

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, those who are bitching about not making the shortlist and criticizing the editor's "taste" would probably do well to actually read Carl Wilson's book, which deals with the idea of taste in thoughtful and intelligent detail.

Anonymous said...

The funny thing is that I know that two of the best music critics on the planet right now are the ones responsible for one of the Britney Spears proposals, and the one for USA For Africa. Don't you want good books, full of interesting ideas? Why does this have to be about your unimaginative little rock canon?

Anonymous said...

So juicy! Keep the blog-bile and sadness coming! I mean, what else are you going to do as a rejected fan boy living in your mother's basement?

Andrew Hickey said...

I think what Anonymous wants (and I wish that people commenting here were using consistent screen-names, rather than just Anonymous...) is not so much to read new ideas as to have his existing old ones validated.

For myself, if an artist is popular and I don't know why, I'd quite like to find out in case I'm missing something. *Someone* bought the Hall & Oates album listed up there, and maybe that someone saw something I'm missing.

(BTW the ones on that list that I'm most likely to but *all else being equal* are XTC, Zombies, Monkees, Mothers of Invention).

And with that, I'm out of here - no point continuing to butt heads on this...

Anonymous said...

My faves:

Phil Ochs – Rehearsals for Retirement
Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
The Police - Synchronicity
Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
Talking Heads – Remain in Light

Anonymous said...

"Two of the best music critics on the planet right now are the ones responsible for one of the Britney Spears proposals, and the one for USA For Africa" - that is one of the funniest things I've read in years.

I think we all deserve an explanation as to why two "great minds" would spend/waste so much time on these albums.

Anonymous said...

TWO BEST CRITICS ON THE PLANET? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN??

They have good taste, or write better than the average blogger dork, or have big magazines behind them? Is one of them Alex Ross, or doesnt he count? He actually writes about MUSIC, after all, not about BANDS.

THE USA for Afirca thing I could see, the beginning of a nasty trend of save the world bullshit... Geldof and Bono... yuck.. But anyone who troubles over Britney deserves to spend the next year listening to her.... I am always amazed at critics - mostly newspaper writers since they have little choice -- who are forced to like pretty much everything... why on earth would a 40 year old man want to listen to Britney or My Chemical Romance and how could they possibly be qualified to judge that drek, since it is not for them. Get a teeny bopper to "critique" teeny bopper music. Then again, bubble gum is hardly worth critiquing -- the current version of it isnt even song-based, it is all about dance beats and production. makes one long for the days of Wig Wam Bam or Sugar Sugar.

Would be nice to see books on the LEAST pop albums on this list, eg. The Fall, The Cramps, Yoko, Pussy Galore, Mothers, X Ray Specs...

xxx

Robert said...

Following the lead of another commenter on here, I posted my rejected 33 1/3 proposal on my blog if anyone would care to look at it: http://thevoiceofenergy.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/my-33-13-proposal/

Anonymous said...

As someone who found out about the open submissions only days late, I'm envious of those who got the opportunity to prepare their proposals and get feedback on their ideas, accepted or not. So bring on:

O Brother... (film and bluegrass!)
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat (best post 9/11 album out there!)
Garth Brooks (the hubris of new country!)
NWA (gangsta! gangsta!)
Lauryn Hill (still out there?)
Modest Mouse (maps and math!)
USA for Africa (glad that problem got fixed!)
2 Live Crew (ooooh...Parental Advisories!)

As far as the selections go, I'm not reading these books to be told what constitutes a canon of great albums, but sometimes that happens anyways. I'm not reading them for biographies, but sometimes that happens too. I'm interested in thought-provoking music criticism and theory. The albums are a source of inspiration, a starting point. If it ends up in a discussion of surrealism, taste, christianity, or close-readings, then good - whatever gets you there. I don't know what's behind the proposals out there. I hope the albums close to my heart are great. If not, I might still read them. But I'm more likely to read about an album if the analysis is engaging, even if the album isn't. Best of luck in the selection process. You know I'll be there next time.

Sean M. O'Kane said...

Against my better judgement, I'd also like to point you towards my rejected proposal too:

http://thenapierrecordshack.blogspot.com/

In fact, I would reccomend all 'rejectees' (especially the recent bitter ones too) to do the same. The blog will now be my 'honing device' to sharpen my writings kills before the next submission date, whenever that is.

James said...

"Interestingly, those who are bitching about not making the shortlist and criticizing the editor's "taste" would probably do well to actually read Carl Wilson's book, which deals with the idea of taste in thoughtful and intelligent detail."

Seconded. The book is amazing. I'm thinking about assigning it to a class at some point.

Nik said...

If just one of these anonymous whingers had the guts to actually leave comments under their name I'd have more respect for them. As it is popping in to bitch without your name doesn't say a lot -- and I say this as one who was rejected with no hard feelings at all last go-round.

Anonymous said...

was stoked to see The Chills on the list. the Dunedin sound was very influential and we couldn't have bands like Pavement without it.

more here: http://tinyurl.com/djqc7v

smmaddog said...

"Destroyer" definitely.
"Darkness on the Edge of Town" Way over due
"Songs The Lord Taught Us" Timely.
"Back In Black" Yes.
"Dust Bowl Ballads" Historic.
"Time Out Of Mind" Awesome.

Anonymous said...

Without the benefit of reading the proposals...

The Nick Cave could be great.

The Femmes could be great.

They'd fly off the shelves.

nanotear said...

For the amusement of the masses, I have also posted my rejected proposal. Enjoy.

http://nanotear.blogspot.com/

PS - I wasn't the least disappointed this time. Last round I was, because I pitched Black Sabbath and got beaten by a (well written) piece of fiction.

Anonymous said...

Rather disconcerting amount of belly-aching going on here...

Meanwhile, the Crowded House one is a great choice. As well as being an amazing record there's certainly a huge audience/market for that, sure to "sell 5000 copies" as is required.

Also: Wilco, Zombies, Television.

BlogStalker said...

I can't BELIEVE you're using YOUR series to cover POPULAR albums instead of what I WANT. YOU'RE NO BETTER THAN THE ARTISTS! YOU'LL BE SORRY! WHY don't you like me? I LOVED YOU! We could have BEEN TOGETHER!

ps. Both my friends thought my proposal was "PRETTY GOOD." So chew on THAT!

Wordseaz said...

Just wondering how many proposed on a record they'd never actually bought, just 'acquired' on the internet. I did, and didn't make the shortlist!! Karma.

Anyway, here's my definite YES list -

Scott Walker 'The Drift'
Lou Reed - 'Metal Machine Music'
The Melvins - 'Lysol'
Erykah Badu – 'Mama’s Gun'
The Beatles - 'White Album'

Good luck, all.

Nick said...

For those of you who may be interested in reading my proposal for The Nation of Ulysses "Plays Pretty for Baby"

http://ohshithistory.blogspot.com/2009/02/nation-of-ulysses-proposal.html

Let the healing begin...

Anonymous said...

By the way, no one mentioned the Mekons Fear and Whiskey as something they are looking forward to. So I'd like to say at least I am.

If I could afford to buy 5000 copies, I'd promise to do so.

Anonymous said...

Agreed - that Crowded House album is a bit special. Due a critical re-emergence for sure.

Anonymous said...

Where's the love for 80's hardcore punk?

Iren said...

I have enjoyed looking and reading the rejected proposal's people have been posting on their blogs. So I have posted my proposal for The Screaming Trees Dust on my blog www.restlesskind.blogspot.com .... and I plan on writing the book for myslef anyway.

Anonymous said...

Reading through the list of proposals that made the cut, I'm glad to see Emmylou Harris -- Pieces of the Sky on the list!

Good luck to everyone.

Sean M. O'Kane said...

Anyone have a favourite rejectee proposal? I vote for 'Different Class'!

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the open submission process and the time and effort it took David to read all of the proposals but I submitted the one on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and if the bottom line is to sell books, I don't see how it wasn't one of the 175 most commercial proposals. Personally, I think it's among the top 10 most commercial proposals, but maybe that's because I'm more of a movie guy than a music guy, and this is a music series after all. I can appreciate that Reservoir Dogs made the list and maybe that proposal was better written, and maybe you could even argue that's a better soundtrack, but it's not more influential than Pulp Fiction, nor is Dogs as big a movie/phenomenon than Pulp. A book on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack transcends the 33 1/3 series and had the ability to take it to places it'd never been before. So in that respect, I think David messed up. But I AM thankful I had the opportunity to submit a proposal. Best of luck to the rest of you. There's just no way Husker Du or The Incredible String Band sells more copies than Pulp fucking Fiction. No way!

Leor said...

Nice to see folks posting their proposals online... perhaps there's a way to aggregate them all or collect them into a cohesive listing? It's great getting to look them over. Perhaps some other people who's proposals ended up getting rejected would be interested in collaborating on something resembling a compilation, where everyone has a 20-30 page chapter to write about the album they proposed... unless David feels that would be stepping in on the 33 1/3 turf!

Anonymous said...

Just want to say:

Rehearsals for Retirement is a great record, and in it lies the death of, not only Phil Ochs, but 60s idealism. A great book could be written about that one.

Marquee Moon and Liege and Lief, on the other hand, are simply important records that really need to be represented in the series, even if it's not this time around.

As you were.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see 33 1/3 books on:
1. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
2. Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind
3. The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us
4. The Drones – Gala Mill
5. The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour
6. Johnny Cash – American Recordings
7. Karen Dalton – In My Own Time
8. Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
9. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey
10. Portishead – Dummy
11. Suicide – Suicide
12. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
Please make shore these 12 make the final cut.
Cheers

Anonymous said...

Pulp Fiction soundtrack guy: I have information about how that soundtrack came about which might be news to you. e-mail me at snippy@sprynet.com

David said...

Wow, that is quite a list. I am super-excited about this next series of books. I am particularly excited about Phil Ochs and Karen Dalton making the list.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Pulp Fiction guy; yes, I think you’re too Hollywood for this crowd. Because, yes, more people went to see Pulp Fiction in the theaters than saw Husker Du live, but that doesn’t mean that one is better than the other. If we’re talking Art, and the lasting importance and influence of style and attitude, then Pulp Fiction’s warmed-over Urge Overkill cover versions hardly match up to the some of the bands and records represented on the shortlist. Because while Pulp Fiction’s influence in the film-world was large (witness the numerous knock-offs that followed it), its influence in musical circles was much, much smaller (e.g. no long-lived resurgence of surf music).

Anonymous said...

Yoko Ono
Nick Cave
Cyndi Lauper

Wow. Cool.

Pseudo said...

Re: "I submitted the one on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and if the bottom line is to sell books, I don't see how it wasn't one of the 175 most commercial proposals... So in that respect, I think David messed up....There's just no way Husker Du or The Incredible String Band sells more copies than Pulp fucking Fiction. No way!"

I guess there's no point in making this point over and over, but this comment reflects a misunderstanding of what this evaluation process must be about for David et al. Based on my own experience as an author and editor, I'd estimate that the quality of the proposal, as they see it, likely matters about 80% and the suitability of the album 20%, or something in that ballpark.

So, to spell it out, most likely the editors would say that a smart, elegantly-written, surprising, engrossing, funny proposal on ANY album, no matter how seemingly odd or obscure, would be at least taken seriously; whereas a run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, predictable, sparkless, or even just OK (not to mention mediocre or badly written) proposal on the very album they'd most like to feature in the series would be dismissed out of hand.

It is just missing the point to debate the merits of the album titles, lacking knowledge of the proposals. And, needless to say it would be very easy to hire a fleet of freelance writers to churn out copy on the 20 biggest selling albums of all time, but that's not what the series is about and such books would not be successful or sell well.

I guess these points have been made too many times but I had to chime in.

Joe said...

Well put Pseudo. I hope that we're done now.

Anonymous said...

honestly - your writing sucks. get over it mr. pulp fiction.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I'd eagerly take a look at a book on:

AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
The Cars – The Cars
The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us
Drive-By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera
The Eagles – Greatest Hits
ELO – Out of the Blue
Fugazi – 13 Songs
Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator)
The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday
The Jam – All Mod Cons
John Lennon – Live in New York City
Johnny Cash – American Recordings
Kiss – Destroyer
The Knack – Get the Knack
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music
New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies
New York Dolls – New York Dolls
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
Pussy Galore – Exile on Main Street
REM – Automatic for the People
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
The Rolling Stones – Some Girls
The Strokes – Is This It
Suicide – Suicide
Television – Marquee Moon
Van Halen – MCMLXXXIV
The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
X – More Fun in the New World

Anonymous said...

I'd love to read a book on the Violent Femmes; they're so not your typical band. Same with They Might Be Giants; I saw the documentary on them and didn't really realize they got their start in the vaportrail of the NY no wave scene. Other than that, I think the Dinosaur Jr. book would be a fitting epitaph to an American indie scene that -- with the downsizing that happened with Touch & Go this week -- is pretty much kaput.

Anonymous said...

>>>I'd love to read a book on the Violent Femmes...

not to pick on you but i wouldn't... i'd like to read a book about a specific album, it's creation, interesting aspects of the recording sessions, it's significance, it's effects on art/society...

problem as i see it is just because you believe you've chosen a "great" record (which may or may not have even been released on ACTUAL vinyl) you think you can write an interesting story about it...

i dare you to write anything about vampire weekend that would may me even wanna read the back cover.

Anonymous said...

The series should totally do a box set of the J Dilla, pharcyde and erykah badu books. I'd read all three.

Anonymous said...

Dear 3:54 posting,

Your posting makes no sense. Isn't the first step to pick an interesting album - then attempt to say something interesting about that album?

I dare you to write a coherent posting.

Think.

CAH said...

According to the shortlist, 33 1/3 could easily keep the "one artist, one album" policy going for another round. Only a handful of these titles are from acts already covered in the series. That said, I would just as eagerly read "Kid A" or "Some Girls" as I would almost any title on the list.

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