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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lethem in Waltham, Mass June 6

I am just going to post this again verbatim because it will almost certainly sell out and will be a really fun night. Here's a link to some great coverage in the Boston Phoenix, and here's an interview from Pitchfork... There's also a rave review on the way in this weekend's New York Times Book Review.  Link to ticketing site is below!

Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00pm

Back Pages Books presents  


Tickets are $22 and include a copy of the book and a complimentary drink from the bar.
It is expected to sell out, so don't wait until the last minute. It is also worth mentioning that this is Jonathan's only east coast tour date, so...

(and for those of you who can't make it for whatever reason, here's a link to an excellent interview with NPR's music blog The Record.)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dead Trend hits the road

Mike Fournier, author of the 33 1/3 on The Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime, will be hitting the road starting today with band in tow to support his novel Hidden Wheel.  You can read more about Hidden Wheel and the band Dead Trend in this article from the Boston Globe.

5/18: Brooklyn NY. Book Thug Nation. With Mike Faloon, Mike DeCapite, & Tobias Carroll. 7 PM
5/19: Harrisburg PA. Midtown Scholar. With Mike Faloon. Early reading: 2 PM
5/20: New Brunswick, NJ. Rehab House. With Black Wine and Mike Faloon. Hit me for info. 7:30 PM
5/22: Philadelphia PA. Megan’s house. Brunch matinee! 12:30PM
5/22: Philadelphia PA. Beaumont Warehouse. 6 PM
5/25: Baltimore MD. Atomic Books. With Laura Barcella. 7 PM
5/27: Richmond VA: Chop Suey Books. Early show. 3 PM
5/29: Durham NC: Regulator Books. 7PM
6/4: Atlanta GA. Wonder Root. 6 PM
6/6: Nashville TN. Portland Brew. With Todd Dills and Quincy Rhoads. 6PM

Some pics and a short write up of a recent Dead Trend show with Mike Watt and J Mascis (among others) can be found here.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

June 6 / Lethem in Boston (well, Waltham, but close enough)

Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00pm

Back Pages Books presents  


Tickets are $22 and include a copy of the book and a complimentary drink from the bar.
It is expected to sell out, so don't wait until the last minute. It is also worth mentioning that this is Jonathan's only east coast tour date, so...

(and for those of you who can't make it for whatever reason, here's a link to an excellent interview with NPR's music blog The Record.)

And keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages.  I'm going to be giving away some signed copies of the book in the next few days.

More RIPs...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

An Update on the 471

So - these 471 proposals are taking a little more time than I originally thought. There is a lot of very, very promising material here and there's a hell of a lot of work that's gone into most of these.

I'm about halfway through so far. Let's say that we'll post the "Long List" on here, at some point during the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd. That should be enough time. As for how big that list will be, exactly, I can't be sure. Maybe around 125 proposals still in the running at that point?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Amazon Issues

If you've purchased a copy of Geeta Dayal's book on Another Green World from Amazon.com and they've sent you one of their wrongly printed, wrongly formatted, oversized editions of the book, please send it to us here at Continuum/Bloomsbury in NYC and we'll replace that copy, free of charge, with a correct edition.

(And if this happens with any other volumes in the series, via Amazon, the same applies. In the meantime, we're working hard to get them to stop doing this stuff...)

Tuesday, May 01, 2012


OK, well that went a little crazy in the last few hours - I thought we'd end up with around 250 proposals but it's 471, if my counting is correct. (Down on how many we received last time, but considering how much work we were asking you to put into these, this time around, it's truly remarkable.)

They're listed here in the order in which we received them - which makes for a more absorbing list than the alphabetized version, anyway!

To reiterate: it's a real honour to receive all these proposals, and we're genuinely excited to read them. I haven't yet figured out the nuts and bolts of the process, but it's likely that - like last time - we'll cut this down to a longlist and then either to a final list of confirmed titles, or we'll have one more shortlist in the middle. If we have any questions about your proposal, we'll be in touch. And, as always, we'll do what we can to keep the series balanced, fun, interesting, and at least slightly unpredictable...


Brad Mehldau Trio Day Is Done
The Twilight Singers Blackberry Belle
The Cure Disintegration
The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues
Godflesh Streetcleaner
Can Tago Mago
Prince Dirty Mind
The Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat
Serge Gainsbourg Histoire de Melody Nelson
Air Moon Safari
AZ Doe or Die
The Kinks Something Else by the Kinks
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane
Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind
Ashlee Simpson Autobiography
Paul Simon Hearts and Bones
Crass Christ - The Album
Smokey Robinson Going to a Go-Go
My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything
Sparks Kimono My House
Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue
Neurosis Times of Grace
The Frames For the Birds
Disco Inferno D.I. Go Pop
Alanis Morrissette Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Jonathan Richman I, Jonathan
Minor Threat Out of Step
Helmet Meantime
U2 Rattle and Hum
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Helmet Meantime
Beyonce I Am…Sasha Fierce
Lisabo Ezlekuak
Various Artists Nuggets…
Phil Spector A Christmas Gift for You…
Midnight Oil Diesel and Dust
Yes Close to the Edge
Danger Mouse The Grey Album
The Wrens Meadowlands
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Fall Dragnet
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Phish Billy Breathes
Pete Seeger Darling Corey
You Am I Hourly Daily
The Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat
The Wipers Youth of America
Phish A Live One
Drexciya Neptune's Lair
Richard Hell and the Voidoids Blank Generation
Bright Eyes Fevers and Mirrors
The Grateful Dead Workingman's Dead
Jay-Z The Blueprint
Gang of Four Entertainment!
The Fall Hex Enduction Hour
The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues
Paul McCartney McCartney 2
Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Daft Punk Discovery
Morrissey Vauxhall & I
Frank Zappa Lumpy Gravy
Richard Hell Destiny Street Repaired
X Under the Big Black Sun
Gang of Four Entertainment!
The Church Starfish
Rush 2112
Frank Zappa Joe's Garage
Oasis Definitely Maybe
Paul and Linda McCartney Ram
Suede Dog Man Star
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
The Mekons Rock'n'Roll
The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues
X Wild Gift
Nocturnal Emissions Spiritflesh
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
Ol' Dirty Bastard Nigga Please
Van Morrison and the Chieftains Irish Heartbeat
John Mellencamp The Lonesome Jubilee
King Crimson Discipline
The Game The Documentary
The Style Council My Ever Changing Moods/Café Bleu
Eric Bibb Booker's Guitar
Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut
Janis Joplin Pearl
The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony…
Paul Weller Wildwood
Kruder & Dorfmeister The K&D Sessions
Gil Scott-Heron Winter in America
Josh Ritter The Animal Years
The Dictators The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!
Juliana Hatfield Bed
Walter Carlos Switched-on Bach
The Stooges Fun House
Pet Shop Boys Fundamental
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Miles Davis In a Silent Way
Various Artists Kill Bill Vol 1 Soundtrack
David Bowie 1. Outside
The Godz Godz 2
Neil Young Chrome Dreams
Chris Watson Stepping into the Dark
Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain
The Blues Brothers Briefcase Full of Blues
The Grateful Dead EUROPE '72
The Incredible String Band Wee Tam and the Big Huge
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
Gary Glitter Glitter
The Band The Band
Queen News of the World
Jandek Six and Six
The Monkees Pisces Aquarius Capricorn and Jones Ltd
Ry Cooder Paris, Texas - Original Soundtrack
Half Japanese 1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
The Electric Prunes The Electric Prunes
Scott Fagan et al Soon: A Rock Opera - A Cast Recording That Never Was
Van Morrison Saint Dominic's Preview
Daughters Hell Songs
The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks…
Bob Dylan Self Portrait
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible
They Might Be Giants Lincoln
Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys
War The World Is a Ghetto
Sinead O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
XTC Skylarking
Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Tender Prey
U2 Pop
Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
The Strokes Is This It
Cherish the Ladies Woman of the House
The Jam All Mod Cons
Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
The Dandy Warhols Odditorium or Warlords of Mars
Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball
Depeche Mode Some Great Reward
Nirvana Incesticide
Lady Gaga The Fame
Talking Heads True Stories
Pet Shop Boys Very
Amy Rigby Diary of a Mod Housewife
The Mekons Rock'n'Roll
Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow
The Dandy Warhols Come Down
Neil Young On the Beach
Richard Hell and the Voidoids Blank Generation
The Dream Syndicate The Days of Wine and Roses
Van Halen Van Halen
Diamanda Galas Plague Mass
Combustible Edison I, Swinger
Fugazi Red Medicine
Bee Gees Best of the Bee Gees Vol. 1
Rufus Wainwright Want
Jean Michel Jarre The Concerts in China
Motley Crue Too Fast for Love
Jim O'Rourke Insignificance
Metallica Master of Puppets
Bright Eyes Lifted
David Bowie Diamond Dogs
Beat Happening Beat Happening
Animal Collective Feels
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River
Woody Guthrie Ballads of Sacco and Vanzetti
John Hartford Aereo-Plain
De La Soul De La Soul is Dead
Ed McCurdy The Best of Dalliance
They Might Be Giants Flood
Alice Cooper Welcome to my Nightmare
Various Artists Big Hits of Mid America Vol. III
Blue Oyster Cult Some Enchanted Evening
The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
Jackson Browne Running on Empty
Harry Nilsson A Little Touch of Smilsson in the Night
The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane
Cardiacs A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window
Manic Street Preachers Journal For Plague Lovers
Blondie Parallel Lines
The Long Blondes Couples
Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
Low The Great Destroyer
Dave Matthews Band Under the Table and Dreaming
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
The Beatles The Beatles (The White Album)
Tindersticks The Second Tindersticks Album
Ultravox Vienna
John Prine John Prine
Cat Power Moon Pix
Diamanda Galas Malediction and Prayer
Procol Harum A Salty Dog
The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Taylor Swift Fearless
Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Again
The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
Saves the Day Stay What You Are
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Why? Elephant Eyelash
The Kleptones A Night at the Hip-Hopera
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible
Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding
The Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)
The Beach Boys Smile
Janet Jackson Control
Gogol Bordello Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
Underworld Everything, Everything
John Cale Paris 1919
Jandek Ready for the House
The Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Pere Ubu The Modern Dance
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Michael Jackson Dangerous
Ayumi Hamasaki I am…
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik
Heart Dreamboat Annie
Various Artists The 1969 Warner / Reprise Songbook
Donna Summer Live and More
Green Day Dookie
Alex Chilton Like Flies on Sherbert
The Lemonheads Come On Feel the Lemonheads
Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out
X Under the Big Black Sun
Morrissey Vauxhall & I
Hole Live Through This
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Led Zeppelin Presence
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Double Fantasy
The Hold Steady Separation Sunday
Richard Hell and the Voidoids Blank Generation
R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Bang Camaro Bang Camaro
Jawbreaker Dear You
Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual
Robert Johnson King of the Delta Blues Singers
Sigur Ros ( )
M.I.A. Arular
Wilco Being There
Doug Sahm Doug Sahm and Band
The Drive-By Truckers Southern Rock Opera
Fela and Afrika 70 Zombie
Sinead O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds The Firstborn is Dead
KISS Destroyer
Weezer Weezer
Duran Duran Seven and the Ragged Tiger
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Iron and Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
My Morning Jacket Z
The Beach Boys Smile
Randy Newman Good Old Boys
Green Day American Idiot
Rammstein Sehnsucht
Jackson C. Frank Jackson C. Frank
The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks…
The Gun Club Fire of Love
Various Artists The Best of James Bond
Throwing Muses Throwing Muses
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Nico Desertshore
Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time
The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy
Donny Hathaway These Songs for You, Live!
The Go-Betweens Liberty Belle & The Black Diamond Express
Minor Threat Complete Discography
The Beach Boys All Summer Long
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes
Jandek Chair Beside A Window
Parliament Mothership Connection
Yes Tales from Topograhic Oceans
Kraftwerk Trans-Europe Express
Queen News of the World
The Doors Strange Days
The Tragically Hip PhantomPower
New Order Power, Corruption and Lies
The Saints (I'm) Stranded
Faye Wong Anxiety
Urge Overkill Saturation
Bronski Beat The Age of Consent
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Scott Walker The Drift
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible
Van Halen 1984
Moodymann Silent Introduction
The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
Tubeway Army Replicas
Boards of Canada Geogaddi
Devo Freedom of Choice
The Go-Betweens Before Hollywood
The Monkees Head
Jay-Z The Blueprint
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell
Bjork Biophilia
Randy Newman Good Old Boys
The Pretenders The Pretenders
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2
Madonna American Life
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna
Faith No More Angel Dust
Primal Scream XTMNTR
M.I.A. Kala
The Clean Boodle Boodle Boodle
Van Morrison Astral Weeks
The Shaggs Philosophy of the World
Miles Davis Filles de Kilimanjaro
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Vangelis Chariots of Fire
Mike Watt Ball-Hog or Tugboat
Elvis Presley The Sun Sessions
Townes Van Zandt Flyin' Shoes
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Grandaddy The Sophtware Slump
Sloan Twice Removed
Paul Simon Graceland
Blondie Parallel Lines
Operation Ivy Energy
Counting Crows August and Everything After
Cream Wheels of Fire
Tricky Maxinquaye
Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
Husker Du New Day Rising
Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger
They Might Be Giants Flood
The Exploited Troops of Tomorrow
Oval Systemich
Camper Van Beethoven Tusk
Juliana Hatfield Hey Babe
Squeeze East Side Story
The Congos Heart of the Congos
Gogol Bordello Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
Booker T and the MGs Green Onions
Giant Crab A Giant Crab Comes Forth
Kraftwerk The Man-Machine
Jason and the Scorchers Lost & Found
Roxy Music Stranded
Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Queen A Day at the Races
New Model Army Thunder and Consolation
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
John Lennon Live in New York City
Various Artists No New York
Pet Shop Boys Behaviour
Pet Shop Boys Introspective
Half Man Half Biscuit Back in the DHSS
Built To Spill There's Nothing Wrong with Love
Echo and the Bunnymen Crocodiles
Shane McGowan and the Popes The Crock of Gold
Grinderman Grinderman 2
Various Artists K-Tel's Dynamite
The Silver Jews Tanglewood Numbers
Bob Marley and the Wailers Catch a Fire
Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock
Big Black Songs about Fucking
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Fugazi In on the Kill Taker
Duran Duran Rio
The Pharcyde Labcabincalifornia
Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine
Black Flag Damaged
U.K. U.K.
Todd Rundgren Something/Anything
The Monkees Pisces Aquarius Capricorn and Jones Ltd
Broadcast The Noise Made By People
The Wrens Meadowlands
Kevin Coyne Marjory Razor Blade
Tears for Fears The Hurting
Fugazi Repeater
Poe Haunted
Bob Dylan Self Portrait
Kate Bush The Sensual World
Company Flow Funcrusher Plus
Danger Mouse The Grey Album
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Black 47 Fire of Freedom
Joanna Newsom Ys
Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue
Danger Mouse The Grey Album
Art Brut Bang Bang Rock and Roll
Caetano Veloso Caetano Veloso
The Psychedlic Furs Talk Talk Talk
Clutch Clutch
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
The Mothers of Invention We're Only In It For The Money
Insane Clown Posse The Great Milenko
Laura Nyro New York Tendaberry
The Clash Sandinista!
The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
Junie When We Do
Drake Thank Me Later
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Madonna Like A Virgin
Bobbie Gentry Ode to Billie Joe
Fiona Apple When the Pawn…
Andrew W.K. I Get Wet
Van Halen Diver Down
Badfinger Straight Up
Britney Spears In the Zone
George Benson Breezin'
Voivod Nothingface
KISS Music from the Elder
Bruce Springsteen Born To Run
Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose
Various Artists No New York
The Kinks Arthur of the Decline and Fall of the British Empire
Rush 2112
Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
Todd Rundgren Todd
The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight
Pete Rodriguez I Like It Like That
The Chills Kaleidoscope World
M. Ward Transfiguration of Vincent
The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
J. Dilla Donuts
The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers
Various Artists Music from and Inspired by Mission Impossible 2
The Who Quadrophenia
The Isley Brothers 3 + 3
Mayo Thompson Corky's Debt to His Father
Queen Hot Space
John Lennon John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band
John Cage and David Tudor Indeterminacy
Van Halen 5150
The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers
Shuggie Otis Inspiration Information
dc Talk Jesus Freak
Rick James Street Songs
Faust The Faust Tapes
Hanson Middle of Nowhere
The Mekons So Good It Hurts
Fiona Apple When the Pawn…
Wilco A Ghost Is Born
Iggy Pop New Values
Parliament Mothership Connection
Harry Belafonte Calypso
The Beatles The Beatles (The White Album)
Café Tacuba Re
Gillian Welch Time (the Revelator)
Eminem Relapse
John Mayer Room for Squares
Sloan Twice Removed
The Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Firesign Theatre Everything You Know Is Wrong
Tori Amos American Doll Posse
Outkast Stankonia
Thin Lizzy Vagabonds of the Western World
Black Flag Damaged
Bad Brains Bad Brains
Lou Reed The Bells
Exuma Exuma
Joe Jackson Look Sharp!
The Arcade Fire Funeral
Bee Gees and Various Artists Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
John Cage and David Tudor Indeterminacy
Shudder to Think Pony Express Record
Brian Eno and David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Los Lobos KIKO
The KLF Chill Out


2x Lethem in the LA Review of Books

A long--and fascinating--review of the Jonathan Lethem 33 1/3 (with a discussion on the dying forms of books and LPs) appeared yesterday on the Los Angeles Review of Books website.

AND, the LARB also ran an hour long audio interview of Lethem by Andy Zax over the weekend as well.

More info on the recently closed (as of this morning) call for proposals for the series will be forthcoming.  Sit tight!

That's all, folks!

As of RIGHT NOW, the window for proposals has closed firmly shut. Once we've managed to shovel through it all, we'll post here a list of all the albums for which we received proposals. If you submitted, and received an autoreply from the gmail account, you have nothing to worry about. (Well, aside from the stress of whether your proposal gets picked, obviously...) If you submitted a proposal and did *not* receive an autoreply, please email me immediately, to my work address - david dot barker at bloomsbury dot com - we'll make sure that everything's OK. And finally - a huge, enormous, heartfelt THANK YOU to everybody who sent in a proposal. It's a real privilege to be able to read, be entertained by, and learn from your work. We'll do our very best to make this entire process as clear, smooth, and democratic as we can, and we'll post more about the timeline soon.