33 1/3 Series Announce 14 New Titles


If you’ve ever perused the endcaps at a local, independent record or book store, it’s likely you’ve seen the pocket-sized book series 33 1/3. Each of the volumes in the series focuses on a single quintessential album, hence the title for the series–33 1/3 being the number of revolutions per minute an LP makes on a turntable. This year, the series will publish its 100th volume, which will be Susan Fast’s Dangerous, on the album by Michael Jackson. Other books in the series have covered albums by Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, The Replacements, The Pixies, Neutral Milk Hotel, Talking Heads and have been penned by notable authors such as Jonathan Lethem, Colin Meloy (Decemberists), and John Darnielle (Mountain Goats).

Recently the imprint’s blog spent two weeks announcing each of the titles individually. The final list is a diverse representation of genres, eras, and styles of music. You can peruse it below. We were blown away by every title in the list, but are particularly excited by the forthcoming books on albums by Geto Boys, Daniel Johnston, Sleater-Kinney, The Raincoats, and Blondie, as well as Pop Press International’s own Bryan C. Parker’s volume on Beat Happening.

Coming Spring 2015

Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros by Andrew Shartmann

Coming Fall 2015

Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead by Puzz Poole

Beat Happening’s Beat Happening by Bryan C. Parker

Metallica’s Metallica (The Black Album) by David Masciotra

Phish’s A Live One by Walter Holland 

Coming Spring 2016

Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew by George Grella

The Geto Boys’ The Geto Boys by Rolf Potts

The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy by Paula Mejia

Daniel Johnston’s Hi, How Are You by Benjamin Shapiro

Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out by Jovana Babović

Coming Fall 2016

New Kids on the Block’s Hangin’ Tough by Rebecca Wallwork

Donny Hathaway’s Donny Hathaway Live by Emily Lordi

The Raincoats’ The Raincoats by Jenn Pelly

Blondie’s Parallel Lines by Kembrew McLeod

About author
Bryan Parker is a writer and photographer living and working in Austin, TX. He is the founder of blog Pop Press International and print journal True Sincerity and recently released his first book, a volume on Beat Happening in the 33 1/3 series.

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