A blog about Bloomsbury Academic's 33 1/3 series, our other books about music, and the world of sound in general.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bob Dylan and the Poetry of the Blues

Michael Gray, author of Continuum's massive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, will be in the States (and Canada) for some dates in the next few months. International readers can check Gray's blog for UK and European dates.

NORTH AMERICAN DATES, MARCH-MAY 2009:

Tues Mar 31, 7pm Daemen College, Amherst NY, US
Thur Apr 2, 4.30pm Washington College, Chestertown MD, US
Fri Apr 3, 7.30pm Nyack Village Theatre, Nyack NY, US
Mon Apr 6, 8.30pm Hugh’s Room, Toronto, CANADA
Sat Apr 25, 8pm One Longfellow Square, Portland ME, US
Wed Apr 29, 5.30pm Farmingdale State College, NY, US
Wed May 20, 7pm High Noon Saloon, Madison WI, US
Thur May 21, 6pm Hibbing Public Library, Hibbing MN, US

What the British and Irish press says about his performances:
"Michael Gray is a witty, effusive, self-deprecating speaker. A wonderful eye-opener of an evening."
"Michael Gray, the world's foremost Bob Dylanologist, is telling people how it really is... Entertaining with wit and insight, Gray is clearly enjoying himself."
"Clever, funny and fresh."
"A stimulating insight into rock music's premier singer-songwriter."
"A wonderful evening packed with information, insight and humour. More of these please!"
"Michael Gray is a masterful speaker."

Friday, March 27, 2009

...and then there were 27

So.

We've gone from 170 down to 27. (Fingers crossed, everybody who was in the 170 has received an email from me tonight, either way.)

I wish we could sign up all 27 of these (actually, I wish we could sign up dozens more of the 170), but we can't. This is what we're left with, for now. By the end of April, we'll be able to post the final, final list of books that we will sign up. Until then, discuss, debate, whinge, moan, celebrate, and speculate! I'm off on vacation for a week...Thanks for bearing with me, everybody.

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AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace
The Beatles - The Beatles
Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
The Cramps - Songs the Lord Taught Us
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
Dinosaur Jr: You're Living All Over Me
ELO - Out of the Blue
Grateful Dead - Closing of Winterland
Johnny Cash - American Recordings
Kiss - Destroyer
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
Lil' Wayne - Da Drought 3
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music
Neil Young - Tonight's the Night
Operation Ivy - Energy
Paul Simon - Graceland
Radiohead - Kid A
Rolling Stones - Some Girls
Slint - Spiderland
Television - Marquee Moon
Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
Ween - Chocolate and Cheese
White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Holding Pattern

You'll have to bear with us a little while longer, I'm afraid. There are some economy related goings-on here at Continuum, and I can't progress the 33 1/3 proposals any further until those are properly taken care of. Thank you for your continued patience, and your understanding. We'll have a further update on here next week, I hope.

In the meantime, you might want to take a look at Bruce Eaton's nascent blog in support of our upcoming Big Star 33 1/3 book.

Monday, March 09, 2009

A Progress Report...

Apologies, everyone, for the lack of updates on where we are with the proposals. Significant progress is being made, and a list of projects to which we'd like to offer contracts is taking shape.

Although it's unlikely that we'll be able to announce the final, official list of new books until late April (there are many necessary internal hoops through which to jump, here at Continuum), I should be able to start contacting authors with a tentative "yes" or a definite "no" within the next ten days or so.

In the meantime, here's an entry from Nick Rombes' forthcoming A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-82...

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"Gunning for Sex Pistols"

A letter to the editor published in the Los Angeles Times in 1977:

I'm greatly disappointed at Robert Hilburn's enthusiastic review of the Sex Pistols' debut album. If this is what is best in punk rock, then I will never buy such trash. Thanks for the education, but no thanks. By the time I was listening to the second track I was becoming appalled by the lack of imagination, the sameness of the melodies (what melodies?), the musical aridity and the unrelenting noise throughout, which Hilburn, regretfully, prefers to call "intensity." Thank God and the Queen for sending us, instead, Paul McCartney and Wings and for their new and truly compelling and exhilarating "Girls' School."

[Tony Rico, "Gunning for Sex Pistols," Los Angeles Times, December 4, 1977, p. X2]

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Carl Wilson on The Colbert Report (!!!!!!!!!!)


I feel like this has been mentioned everywhere but here, so it's time to correct that...

Carl Wilson will be a guest on the Colbert Report on Wednesday, March 4th at 11:30pm to talk about Celine Dion, Canada, James Franco, schmaltz, truthiness, and who knows what else.

If you are in Toronto, there is a viewing party going on at The Pilot, which looks like a lot of fun. There will be DJs, live music, and books for sale from Type Books.
Details on the Toronto party can be found here.

The image of Colbert reading what appears to be the large print library hardcover edition of Let's Talk About Love was lovingly rendered by Ashley Carter at the Torontoist.