Posts Tagged ‘33 1/3rd Book Series’


For those too young to remember, Devo – short for De-evolution – proved that geeks could rock just as hard as their “cooler” brethren.  Pretty much everyone knows Whip It, but the whole of Freedom of Choice was a breath of fresh air when it came out in 1980.  Now the 33 1/3rd series is giving the album the full book treatment.  Read on for info on the book, it’s author, and the unexpected celebrity that wrote the forward.



The 33 1/3rd book series are fun, interesting, and informative to read.  The series focuses on a single album and chooses an author to write a 120 page-or-so book.  Some authors are more well known than others, but each book carries its own style, with some even choosing to tell the tale of the album through a story rather than through first-hand accounts.  Metallica’s Black Album is the focus of an upcoming book, which should see release sometime next year.  As the publisher does with each installment, a week is dedicated as a preview of the book.  The Author of Black Album, David Mascriota, was interviewed about the book.  Highlights below.



The Jesus and Mary Chain’s swooning debut Psychocandy seared through the underground and to the top of the pop charts, shifting the role of noise within pop music forever. Post-punk and pro-confusion, Psychocandy became the sound of a generation poised on the brink of revolution, establishing Creation Records as a taste making entity in the process. The Scottish band’s notorious live performances were both punishingly loud and riot-spurring, simultaneously acting as socio-political commentary on tensions emergent in mid-1980s Britain. Through caustic clangs and feedback channeling the rage of the working-class generation who’d had enough, Psychocandy gestures toward the perverse pleasure in having your eardrums exploded and loudness as a politics within itself, not unlike the S&M pleasure of noisecore.

Yet Psychocandy’s blackened candy heart center – calling out to phantoms Candy and Honey with an unsettling charm and feminist bent – makes it a pop record to the core, not unlike The Ronettes late ’60s croons. Drawing from the sweetness of ’60s girl groups, The Stooges’ masochistic stage antics and Lou Reed’s feedback-laced guitar swells, The Jesus and Mary Chain expertly carved out a place where depravity and sweetness entwined, emerging from the isolating underground of suburban Scotland grasping the distinct sound of a generation, apathetic and uncertain. The record’s cult popularity became embedded within the sacred canon of pop music. Through expertly cultivating their image and cultivating musical talents, the irresistible Psychocandy emerged as a clairvoyant account of pop mastery that still causes us to grapple with pop’s relation to ourselves.

Another great release from the folks at Bloomsbury who publish the 33 1/3rd series.  Unfortunately this title won’t see the light of day until 2016.  Last week Metallica’s black album was announced as a new title in the series.  Many heavy metal titles made the proposal cut, hopefully more will make it to print.