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Elvis Costello's Armed Forces

by Franklin Bruno

Thirty-Three and a Third is a series of short books about critically acclaimed

and much-loved albums of the past 40 years. Over 50,000 copies have been sold!

"Passionate, obsessive, and smart." -Nylon

"...an inspired...


Johnny Cash's American Recordings

by Tony Tost

A superb investigation of what is arguably Johnny Cash's greatest album, focusing on his enduring mythology.


Nas's Illmatic

by Matthew Gasteier

Contradiction, the yin and the yang, the simultaneous existence of two competing realities, and the larger than life persona that depicts populist realism are at the core of Nas's debut album, Illmatic. Yet...


Elliott Smith's XO

by Matthew LeMay

Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith's XO should not be one of them. Smith's 1998 major label debut defies the "tortured singer-songwriter" stereotype,...


Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future

by Dan Kois

The remarkable inside story of the best-selling Hawaiian album of all time


Portishead's Dummy

by RJ Wheaton

A thoroughly researched exploration of one of the most original, unexpected, and durable British albums of the 1990s.


Big Star's Radio City

by Bruce Eaton

Released when ELP and Elton John were plodding from one packed stadium to the next, Radio City was a radical album influenced by records that were already deemed oldies and yet sounding like a lean electrical...


My Bloody Valentine's Loveless

by Mike McGonigal

'A brilliant series of pocket-sized books focussing on a classic album. Each one a work of real love.' NME


Guided By Voices' Bee Thousand

by Marc Woodworth

An in-depth analysis of the most infamous lo-fi album of the 90s.


The Pixies' Doolittle

by Ben Sisario

The Pixies have had a career unlike any other in alternative rock, disappearing as not-quite-the-next-big-things only to become gods in absentia. Doolittle is their knotty masterpiece, the embodiment of the...


Radiohead's Kid A

by Marvin Lin

A brilliant exploration of Radiohead's game-changing album, looking at its place in the career of "The World's Best Band" with ten years of hindsight.


Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle

by Richard Henderson

An intelligent take on a classic left-field album from the late 1960s, including original interviews with all the key players including Van Dyke Parks.


Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

by Christopher R. Weingarten

A thrilling account of how the Bomb Squad produced such a singular-sounding record-the engineering, sampling, scratching, constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing.


Early '70s Radio: The American Format Revolution

by Kim Simpson

Providing a fresh reevaluation of a specific era in popular music, the book contextualizes the era in terms of both radio history and cultural analysis.


33 1/3 Greatest Hits, Volume 2

by David Barker

The second compendium of extracts from Continuum's acclaimed and successful 33 1/3 series.


Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark

by Sean Nelson

Court and Spark is Joni Mitchell's most overt attempt at making a hit record, full of glossy production, catchy choruses, and even guest stars from every stratum of rock culture, high (Robbie Robertson) and...


The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique

by Dan LeRoy

Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record...


The Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime

by Michael T. Fournier

This book sheds some light on the band's remarkable music and, on this particular album, the blending of several styles into something that will never be replicated.


Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones

by David Smay

This book presents two stories: one�of a man creating that elusive American second act, and�secondly finding the perfect collaborator in his wife.


Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited

by Mark Polizzotti

Highway 61 Revisited resonates because of its enduring emotional appeal. Few songwriters before Dylan or since have combined so effectively the intensely personal with the spectacularly universal. In "Like a...