Earlier this month, Spin announced that it is moving most of its album reviews to Twitter. Music writing is getting shorter, not longer, and yet the 33 1/3 Series, which has the gall to publish entire books on albums that aren't even current, soldiers on. There are 85 installments in print now with another 7 on the way. And number 93 could have your name on it. 33 1/3 is accepting submissions.
Last summer, the books' publisher Continum was acquired by Bloomsbury. Given how little the company seems to be interfering with the proceedings, this is good news -- Bloomsbury's deeper pockets give the series a safety net. Read the submission guidelines on the 33 1/3 blog. The bullet points, plus a complete list of the books (and therefore albums) already accounted for, is below.
We will be accepting new proposals between the dates of March 19th and April 30th, 2012. Nothing sooner, nothing later.
Interested authors should send in one proposal, about one album. Multiple submissions cannot be accepted.
All proposals must be submitted via email. The address for submissions is as follows:
The subject line of your email must use this format: "Proposal for Madonna's Ray of Light". (That's an example only, of course...)
Only proposals sent to email@example.com will be considered - no exceptions! Any questions about the proposal process should be posted to the comments section of the 33 1/3 blog , or on the wall of the series facebook page: we will answer them there.
All proposals will receive an automated reply, acknowledging receipt. Once the window closes at the end of April, we will need around 3 months before our publishing decisions are made: everybody will be notified in person at that point.
Word count on the books signed up will be between 30,000 and 40,000. No exceptions allowed.
There will be royalties payable on all print and electronic editions of your book, as well as foreign rights deals, etc - but no advances will be paid against those royalties.
A word of caution: Last time they opened the series for submissions, 597 came in. So make 'em memorable.
|Album (date of publication)||Artist||Author of book|
|Dusty in Memphis(2003)||Dusty Springfield||Warren Zanes|
|Forever Changes(2003)||Love||Andrew Hultkrans|
|Harvest (2003)||Neil Young||Sam Inglis|
|The Kinks Are the Village Green Pres||The Kinks||Andy Miller|
|Meat Is Murder(2003)||The Smiths||Joe Pernice|
|The Piper at the Gates of Dawn(200||Pink Floyd||John Cavanagh|
|ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits (2004)||ABBA||Elisabeth Vincentelli|
|Electric Ladyland(2004)||The Jimi Hendrix Experien||John Perry|
|Unknown Pleasures(2004)||Joy Division||Chris Ott|
|Sign "O" the Times(2004)||Prince||Michaelangelo Matos|
|The Velvet Underground & Nico(200||The Velvet Underground||Joe Harvard|
|Let It Be (2004)||The Beatles||Steve Matteo|
|Live at the Apollo(2004)||James Brown||Douglas Wolk|
|Aqualung (2004)||Jethro Tull||Allan Moore|
|OK Computer(2004)||Radiohead||Dai Griffiths|
|Let It Be (2004)||The Replacements||Colin Meloy|
|Led Zeppelin IV(2005)||Led Zeppelin||Erik Davis|
|Exile on Main St.(2005)||The Rolling Stones||Bill Janovitz|
|Pet Sounds (2005)||The Beach Boys||Jim Fusilli|
|Ramones (2005)||Ramones||Nicholas Rombes|
|Armed Forces(2005)||Elvis Costello||Franklin Bruno|
|Murmur (2005)||R.E.M.||J. Niimi|
|Grace (2005)||Jeff Buckley||Daphne Brooks|
|Endtroducing.....(2005)||DJ Shadow||Eliot Wilder|
|Kick Out the Jams(2005)||MC5||Don McLeese|
|Low (2005)||David Bowie||Hugo Wilcken|
|Born in the U.S.A.(2005)||Bruce Springsteen||Geoffrey Himes|
|Music from Big Pink(2005)||The Band||John Niven|
|In the Aeroplane over the Sea (2005)||Neutral Milk Hotel||Kim Cooper|
|Paul's Boutique(2006)||Beastie Boys||Dan Le Roy|
|Doolittle (2006)||Pixies||Ben Sisario|
|There's a Riot Goin' On (2006)||Sly and the Family Stone||Miles Marshall Lewis|
|The Stone Roses(2006)||The Stone Roses||Alex Green|
|In Utero (2006)||Nirvana||Gillian G. Gaar|
|Highway 61 Revisited (2006)||Bob Dylan||Mark Polizzotti|
|Loveless (2006)||My Bloody Valentine||Mike McGonigal|
|The Who Sell Out(2006)||The Who||John Dougan|
|Bee Thousand(2006)||Guided by Voices||Marc Woodworth|
|Daydream Nation(2006)||Sonic Youth||Matthew Stearns|
|Court and Spark(2006)||Joni Mitchell||Sean Nelson|
|Use Your Illusion Iand II (2006)||Guns N' Roses||Eric Weisbard|
|69 Love Songs(2006)||The Magnetic Fields||LD Beghtol|
|Songs in the Key of Life (2007)||Stevie Wonder||Zeth Lundy|
|The Notorious Byrd Brothers (2007)||The Byrds||Ric Menck|
|Trout Mask Replica(2007)||Captain Beefheart||Kevin Courrier|
|Double Nickels on the Dime (2007)||Minutemen||Michael T. Fournier|
|Aja (2007)||Steely Dan||Don Breithaupt|
|People's Instinctive Travels and the||A Tribe Called Quest||Shawn Taylor|
|Rid of Me (2007)||PJ Harvey||Kate Schatz|
|Achtung Baby(2007)||U2||Stephen Catanzarite|
|If You're Feeling Sinister (2007)||Belle & Sebastian||Scott Plagenhoef|
|Pink Moon (2007)||Nick Drake||Amanda Petrusich|
|Let's Talk About Love (2007)||Celine Dion||Carl Wilson|
|Swordfishtrombones(2007)||Tom Waits||David Smay|
|20 Jazz Funk Greats (2008)||Throbbing Gristle||Drew Daniel|
|Horses (2008)||Patti Smith||Philip Shaw|
|Master of Reality(2008)||Black Sabbath||John Darnielle|
|Reign in Blood(2008)||Slayer||D.X. Ferris|
|Shoot Out the Lights (2008)||Richard andLinda Thomps||Hayden Childs|
|Gentlemen (2008)||The Afghan Whigs||Bob Gendron|
|Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash (2008)||The Pogues||Jeffrey T. Roesgen|
|The Gilded Palace of Sin (2008)||The Flying Burrito Brother||Bob Proehl|
|Pink Flag (2009)||Wire||Wilson Neate|
|XO (2009)||Elliott Smith||Mathew Lemay|
|Illmatic (2009)||Nas||Matthew Gasteier|
|Radio City (2009)||Big Star||Bruce Eaton|
|One Step Beyond...(2009)||Madness||Terry Edwards|
|Another Green World (2009)||Brian Eno||Geeta Dayal|
|Zaireeka (2009)||The Flaming Lips||Mark Richardson|
|Facing Future(2009)||Israel Kamakawiwo'ole||Dan Kois|
|It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (2010)||Public Enemy||Christopher R. Weingarten|
|Wowee Zowee(2010)||Pavement||Bryan Charles|
|Highway to Hell(2010)||AC/DC||Joe Bonomo|
|Song Cycle (2010)||Van Dyke Parks||Richard Henderson|
|Spiderland (2010)||Slint||Scott Tennent|
|Kid A (2010)||Radiohead||Marvin Lin|
|Tusk (2011)||Fleetwood Mac||Rob Trucks|
|Pretty Hate Machine (2011)||Nine Inch Nails||Daphne Carr|
|Chocolate and Cheese (2011)||Ween||Hank Shteamer|
|American Recordings (2011)||Johnny Cash||Tony Tost|
|Some Girls (2011)||The Rolling Stones||Cyrus Patell|
|You're Living All Over Me (2011)||Dinosaur Jr.||Nick Attfield|
|Marquee Moon(2011)||Television||Bryan Waterman|
|Amazing Grace(2011)||Aretha Franklin||Aaron Cohen|
|Dummy (2011)||Portishead||RJ Wheaton|
Forthcoming Titles Fear of Music, by Jonathan Lethem, on the album by Talking Heads (1979) Exile in Guyville, by Gina Arnold, on the album by Liz Phair (1992) Maggot Brain, by Matt Rogers, on the album by Funkadelic (1971) London Calling, by Tommy Tompkins, on the album by The Clash (1979) Lucinda Williams, by Anders Smith Lindall, on the album by Lucinda Williams (1988) The Dreaming, by Ann Powers, on the album by Kate Bush (1982)
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