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Andrew W.K. I Get Wet — Phillip Crandall Book Interview

Posted by on May.28, 2014, under Current Shows No Comments

 

andrew wk book I Get Wet

Andrew W.K.’s album I Get Wet gets the 33 1/3 series treatment thanks to Phillip Crandall. I Get Wet was originally dismissed by the influential music blog Pitchfork with a 0.6 rating but later was named to Pitchfork’s Top 200 Albums of the 2000’s with an 8.6 rating. As many have discovered, the genius of Andrew W.K sometimes takes a minute to capture you, but it will get you sooner or later.

Crandall lays the groundwork of the Andrew W.K. story with great insight into his early years. This part of the W.K. journey illuminates the development of his stage persona and how he went on to create this album. Then Crandall unfolds the story of the album in a way that allows the reader to absorb the details and analyze them on their own.  He’s just a guide who gets out of the way and it’s much appreciated.   

In this interview, we talk about Andrew vs. Andy Kaufman vs. Andy Warhol, the endlessly fascinating mystery of Steev Mike, why that guy from the Rembrandts got an album credit and Bronies. 

Buy the book. Follow Phillip on Twitter. Follow Andrew W.K. on twitter


Slayer, Aphex Twin, Martin Popoff and Elvis!: Books You Want

Posted by on Mar.28, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

While we were on hiatus, here are a few books you may have missed—- but shouldn’t.

Slayer-66-23-The-Jeff-Dave-Years

 Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years  is the book Slayer fans have waited for or as David Konow, author of “Reel Terror” and the metal history “Bang Your Head”, puts it: This is “the biography the band has always deserved… A book documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly without spin or sensationalism has been long overdue, and hats off to D.X. Ferris for getting it all down in this remarkable volume, which no SLAYER fan should be without.”  We’re also thrilled to announce that Ferris will be a guest on the show soon!

aphex twin

Way ahead of his time, Aphex Twin created electronic music suitable for ravers, nerdy music intellectuals, and casual listeners alike. Join author Marc Weidenbaum as he “takes an academic, thematic and philosophical approach to ambient music in context of the album and places the album in context of rave/massive and early Internet culture at time of album’s release.”

Martin Popoff 900 records book

 Friend of the show Martin Popoff has a new and improved version of his previous work Smokin’ Values: A Headbanger’s Guide to 900 NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) Records. It’s classic Popoff with reviews, tons of pictures and a look at virtually every record in the genre between 1979 and 1983.

shades of elvis book

What if you looked through the most famous sunglasses in the world? Shades of Elvis answers that question in book form with over 75 celebrities trying Elvis’ sunglasses on with fun and often compelling results. (Note: Sideburns not included)


Nirvana, Alex Chilton, Gang of Four And Black Francis : New Books

Posted by on Mar.26, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

So many new books to talk about:

here we are now book cover Kurt Cobain

Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain from Charles R. Cross. Cross also wrote the Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven. Cobains’ influence is still felt 20 years later and each chapter examines his legacy in a unique way.

gang of four book cover 33 1/3

Officially out March 27th, but you can probably find a copy early, is Gang of Four’s Entertainment from Kevin Dettmar. 33 1/3’s ongoing series continues to impress.

alex chilton book cover

Holly George-Warren has written the first biography of Alex Chilton titled A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man. Hard to believe this is the first biography of Chilton!

the good inn book cover

 Pixies fans rejoice! Black Francis and Josh Frank have a written a book!  Out April 15th, The Good Inn is, to quote a piece of the Introduction, “an illustrated novel, based on a soundtrack in the making, for a feature-length film yet to be made about the first narrative pornographic movie ever created.” The drawings of Steven Appleby accompany the narrative.

The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn will be hosting a book launch conversation and signing with Francis and Frank on April 25th.


Nikki Sixx’s Heroin Diaries Book To Broadway And More Book News

Posted by on Nov.19, 2012, under News No Comments

-In the “Is This An Onion Headline?” category- Nikki Sixx announced that his Heroin Diaries book will be adapted for Broadway.

- Peter Wrench submitted a proposal for a Van Morrison book to 33 1/3 books that was rejected, but he went ahead and wrote it anyway. Very cool of 33 1/3 to let us know. Check it out here.

-Congratulations to Kristin Hersh who announced this week via twitter that there will be new printings of Rat Girl and Paradoxical Undressing. See Kristin talk to us about the books.

-Out December 4th, Alan Light will dissect Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in a new book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”

-One hundred cultural icons including musicians Patti Smith, Thurston Moore and Roseanne Cash contributed to the new book My Ideal Bookshelf .

Richard Hell will be publishing his memoir I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp next March and it’s now available for pre-order. Also,  33 1/3 books will be publishing  a look at Richard Hell and The Voidoid’s Blank Generation from Peter Astor.  Here’s an interview with Astor.


New Releases– 33 1/3 Television, Dinosaur Jr. and The Stones!

Posted by on Jun.09, 2011, under News No Comments

It’s like Christmas over at 33 1/3 books.  Today they released not one, not two, but three good ones.  Check out Television’s “Marquee Moon“, Dinosaur Jr.’s  “You’re Living All Over Me” and The Rolling Stones “Some Girls“.  They also run a great blog which you should bookmark.  That way,  you’ll know about all their doings and upcoming releases like Portishead.