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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The 33 1/3 Series is Accepting Submissions

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 7:11 AM


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 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 Preservation Society (2003) The Kinks Andy Miller
Meat Is Murder(2003) The Smiths Joe Pernice
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn(2003) Pink Floyd John Cavanagh
ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits (2004) ABBA Elisabeth Vincentelli
Electric Ladyland(2004) The Jimi Hendrix Experience John Perry
Unknown Pleasures(2004) Joy Division Chris Ott
Sign "O" the Times(2004) Prince Michaelangelo Matos
The Velvet Underground & Nico(2004) 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 Paths of Rhythm(2007) 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 Thompson 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 Brothers 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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