Bloomsbury book series 33 1/3 are set to publish books about classic albums from the likes of Kanye and Dilla.
Never heard of 33 1/3? Well, they’re “a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys“. The series was originally started by Founding Series Editor David Barker at Continuum in 2003 before moving it over to Bloomsbury. To mark their 10 year anniversary, 33 1/3 will be focussing their attentions on classic albums. The albums in question will be courtesy of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Kirk Walker Graves), Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album (Charles Fairchild), and J Dilla’s Donuts (Jordan Ferguson Richard). I’ll be honest, they had me at Dilla. According to AllHipHop.com, there will also be 33 1/3 books on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous amongst others with the new books ready for publishing next autumn. But it’ll be worth the wait, I’m sure.
EDIT: It’s been over a year since we posted this and most of the books have been released so here’s a list of the books published so far:
Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
J Dilla’s Donuts
Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique
Prince’s Sign O’ the Times
Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album
DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing
Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life
A Tribe Called Quest’s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
Michael Jackson’s Dangerous
Sly and the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On