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

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Book proposals, etc

Several of you have been asking about when we might be accepting new proposals again, or where to send such proposals for the series. As of right now, we have a pretty full 33 1/3 pipeline - we'll have new books coming through until the early part of 2012 at least, so we're unable to accept any new proposals at this time. If/when that situation changes, any such announcements will be made here first, obviously!

Continuum does, of course, publish other music-related books. Moving forward, these will almost entirely be of a scholarly/academic nature. If you have a book idea or full proposal you'd like to discuss, that fits with that remit, then drop me a line: david at continuum-books dot com.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mark Richardson and Zaireeka

Volume 68 in the series is Mark Richardson's study of the Flaming Lips' weird and wonderful 4-CD album, Zaireeka.

And the always excellent Fluxblog today has a lengthy interview with Mark about the book, the Flaming Lips' career, and their penchant for grandly entertaining experiments. Like the book itself, the Fluxblog discussion is well worth a read. Unlike the book, it also features several great video clips of live shows, etc.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pretty In Pink

Here is some cover art from recent translations of a couple of our books... First up, Graeme Thomson's (Grammici Tommassini?) I Shot a Man In Reno (interesting that they only translated the subtitle there, but not surprising, I suppose).
And here is Mike McGonigal's 33 1/3 on My Bloody Valentine's Loveless in Japanese:

Click this interior shot to see a readable version of this page. I like the list of shoegazer bands on page 55.

And just because...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

IZ's Facing Future - further details

Dan Kois' fascinating and excellent study of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's classic album continues to pick up attention.

This weekend, Dan will be reading from the book at Boswell Books in Milwaukee - at 2pm on Sunday, to be precise. Details of the event can be found here.

Tied in to the event, there's a great piece in the Journal Sentinel today about Dan and the book. Here's a short extract:

"Some of the books in the series use familiar albums as launching pads for commentary and flights of fancy. Kois' book stands out both for being the story of a world music album, not rock or rap, and for being primarily a detailed piece of reporting about how Iz came to record these songs and how Mountain Apple record producer Jon de Mello licensed and leveraged the music to stratospheric success.

At first, Kois thought his book might be the cheeky tale of a mainlander getting brushed off by islanders as he tried to engage them about Iz. Instead, he discovered Hawaiians loved talking about the singer and the album."

And you can read the rest of the article here.

There's also some radio coming up, and you can read about that on Dan's blog.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The best thing I've seen all day

I probably haven't watched a full episode of SNL since Jon Lovitz left, but this might be the best work they've ever done.

UPDATE: So NBC took down the SNL link, but I noticed that a lot of people were clicking on this (Hi Reddit!), so here's something else to look at and think about.

DOUBLE UPDATE: I have now seen this, which is without a doubt the best thing I've seen all day.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen....Little Richard

Partly to commemorate David Kirby's recently published book about Little Richard, and partly to reassert that Little Richard is a raving lunatic, I present to you this video of the former Richard Penniman live in Paris in 1966. Long before his Hollywood Squares days.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Nation of Millions, and tweets

One of the 33 1/3 books we're most excited about for 2010 is Christopher R. Weingarten's volume on It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. It'll be available in the spring - early spring.

More on that book nearer the time, but for now you should be aware (if you aren't already) of Chris's "1000TimesYes" project on Twitter - and more specifically, you may be interested in the opportunity to show a little financial love (seriously - you can do it with as little as two dollars) to the related Tweet Box project, which you can learn all about right here, with a quick extract below:

At the end of 2009 Weingarten set out to collaborate on a book version of the Twitter reviews with us here at Article, a music, zine, T-shirt and art group also out of Brooklyn. The resulting book is not really a book at all. It is a physical representation of Twitter. Twitter in the raw. Each of Weingarten's 1,000 tweet reviews from 2009 will be individually typed out on to a single index card and the mass of them will be held together in a wonderful natural oak index card catalog.