I’ve recently been getting into the 33⅓ book series. They are fairly short books which delve into the anatomy of some of the most prolific albums of our time. So far, I’ve only read Dai Griffiths take on OK Computer and Eliot Wilder’s interviews with Josh Davis regarding Endtroducing. The books are not formulaic in their approach; the latter book is based around interviews as well as offering a short history of how DJ Shadow got into djing, whilst the Radiohead book is more academic, including an explanation as to why songs tend to be around 3 minutes long – apparently we have Elvis to thank for that. You can find out more about the series by checking their blog – below is a list of albums covered by the series thus far. You’ll notice there’s a fair few notable exceptions…I’m not seeing much Jazz!

# Album Artist Year album released Author of book
1 Dusty in Memphis Dusty Springfield 1969 Warren Zanes
2 Forever Changes Love 1967 Andrew Hultkrans
3 Harvest Neil Young 1972 Sam Inglis
4 The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society The Kinks 1968 Andy Miller
5 Meat Is Murder The Smiths 1985 Joe Pernice
6 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Pink Floyd 1967 John Cavanagh
7 ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA 1992 Elisabeth Vincentelli
8 Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1968 John Perry
9 Unknown Pleasures Joy Division 1979 Chris Ott
10 Sign “☮” the Times Prince 1987 Michaelangelo Matos
11 The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground 1967 Joe Harvard
12 Let It Be The Beatles 1970 Steve Matteo
13 Live at the Apollo James Brown 1963 Douglas Wolk
14 Aqualung Jethro Tull 1971 Allan Moore
15 OK Computer Radiohead 1997 Dai Griffiths
16 Let It Be The Replacements 1984 Colin Meloy
17 Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin 1971 Erik Davis
18 Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones 1972 Bill Janovitz
19 Pet Sounds The Beach Boys 1966 Jim Fusilli
20 Ramones Ramones 1976 Nicholas Rombes
21 Armed Forces Elvis Costello 1979 Franklin Bruno
22 Murmur R.E.M. 1983 J. Niimi
23 Grace Jeff Buckley 1994 Daphne Brooks
24 Endtroducing….. DJ Shadow 1996 Eliot Wilder
25 Kick Out the Jams MC5 1969 Don McLeese
26 Low David Bowie 1977 Hugo Wilcken
27 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 1984 Geoffrey Himes
28 Music from Big Pink The Band 1968 John Niven
29 In the Aeroplane over the Sea Neutral Milk Hotel 1998 Kim Cooper
30 Paul’s Boutique Beastie Boys 1989 Dan Le Roy
31 Doolittle Pixies 1989 Ben Sisario
32 There’s a Riot Goin’ On Sly and the Family Stone 1971 Miles Marshall Lewis
33 The Stone Roses The Stone Roses 1989 Alex Green
34 In Utero Nirvana 1993 Gillian G. Gaar
35 Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan 1965 Mark Polizzotti
36 Loveless My Bloody Valentine 1991 Mike McGonigal
37 The Who Sell Out The Who 1967 John Dougan
38 Bee Thousand Guided by Voices 1994 Marc Woodworth
39 Daydream Nation Sonic Youth 1988 Matthew Stearns
40 Court and Spark Joni Mitchell 1974 Sean Nelson
41 Use Your Illusion I and II Guns N’ Roses 1991 Eric Weisbard
42 Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder 1976 Zeth Lundy
43 The Notorious Byrd Brothers The Byrds 1968 Ric Menck
44 Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart 1969 Kevin Courrier
45 Double Nickels on the Dime Minutemen 1984 Michael T. Fornier
46 Aja Steely Dan 1977 Dan Breithaupt
47 People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm A Tribe Called Quest 1990 Shawn Taylor
48 Rid of Me PJ Harvey 1993 Kate Schatz
49 Achtung Baby U2 1991 Stephen Catanzarite
50 If You’re Feeling Sinister Belle & Sebastian 1996 Scott Plagenhoef
51 Pink Moon Nick Drake 1972 Amanda Petrusich
52 Let’s Talk About Love Celine Dion 1997 Carl Wilson
69* 69 Love Songs The Magnetic Fields 1999 LD Beghtol
53 Swordfishtrombones Tom Waits 1983 David Smay
54 20 Jazz Funk Greats Throbbing Gristle 1979 Drew Daniel
55 Horses Patti Smith 1975 Philip Shaw
56 Master of Reality Black Sabbath 1971 John Darnielle
57 Reign in Blood Slayer 1986 D.X. Ferris
58 Shoot Out the Lights Richard and Linda Thompson 1982 Hayden Childs
59 Gentlemen The Afghan Whigs 1993 Bob Gendron
60 Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash The Pogues 1985 Jeffery T. Roesgen
61 The Gilded Palace of Sin The Flying Burrito Brothers 1969 Bob Proehl
62 Pink Flag Wire 1977 Wilson Neate
63 Radio City Big Star 1974 Bruce Eaton
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