Book Club’s May Web installment brought you the ridiculous antics of Eman Laerton, and, in true tradition, the print edition features yet another fantastic pop culture facet! The problem? With all of my inspired cultural capital, I’m actually joining the parade a bit late. Whoops. Call it cultural invigoration!
Continuum’s 33 1/3 series:
For the sake of full disclosure, it should be noted that these nifty little memoirs/novellas make me giddier than a dog n’ a bone.
This book series, with 73 books published by Continuum at current, chronicles the most prolific and beloved albums of modern music (the series title refers to the speed – 33⅓ revolutions per minute – of an LP album). With one author per book per album, the series’s authors include music journalists, musicians and common fans alike, all producing under-200 page manuscripts on what each respective album meant to the author historically, culturally or nostalgically. I’m truly digging the series, beginning with the seemingly deviant Céline Dion and, as soon as it arrives, Joe Pernice’s turn at The Smith’s “Meat is Murder.”
The whole endeavor is brilliant, and I can’t wait to pitch my own come next year. Too bad “Pinkerton” is already taken.
The books are cheeeeap but primarily available online. Give ’em a go – you’re sure to find at least one title occupying your record collection.