Eliot Van Buskirk: 33 1/3 Books Are Exactly What Music Needs
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Hey, look, some band released an album. Why should you care? Maybe you shouldn't, but sometimes you do.
If this happens to you, this whole caring-about-an-album-a-lot thing, the 33 1/3 series of books from Bloomsbury (see also: the blog) can be an invaluable resource. These small books detail the stories behind many of history's most legendary albums. The series is still going strong, 86 books in.
In this lucky age, when music fans can hear just about anything ever recorded in seconds, these books provide deep context that is too often missing. They should probably be apps.
Eliot Van Buskirk, Evolver.fm: How did the idea for the 33 1/3 series come about?
David Barker, Bloomsbury Publishing: I published a series called Continuum Contemporaries back in the late '90s/early '00s -- they were short critical guides to contemporary works of fiction. The works covered had a good range, including White Teeth, The Secret History, Underworld, Paradise, Infinite Jest and even
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