33 1/3 is a series of books about classic albums in the music world written by a wide collective of different authors. It was launched in September of 2003 by David Barker and covers projects by a huge variety of artists from The Rolling Stones to Jame Brown. To date the series contains a total of 86 titles and is embraced worldwide by fans, artists, academic minds, etc.
The arrival of the series’ 10 year anniversary will bring in a new set of novels to add to the collection. Included in the new additions will be books that take a look at works by: the late J. Dilla, Kanye West, and Danger Mouse. J. Dilla’s Donuts will be examined by author Jordan Ferguson Richard, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will be studied by author Kirk Walker Graves, and Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album will be evaluated by author Charles Fairchild. The trio will be joining good company. Other Hip-Hop talents that have been featured in the 33 1/3 series include the likes of: A Tribe Called Quest (People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm), Nas (Illmatic), Public Enemy (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back), and the Beastie Boys (Paul’s Boutique). The late Michael Jackson and his Dangerous album are slated to be a part of the upcoming book releases as well. All of the fresh volumes will be released by the Fall of 2014 via Bloomsbury Publishing.
**My Two Cents: I am a MAJOR book nerd. And it goes without saying that I love music, especially Hip-Hop. So this was a great bit of news for me. I’ve never heard of 33 1/3 before but I absolutely love the concept of the series. I definitely plan to check out a few of the current volumes and will be anxiously awaiting the release of the one on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. That album solidified the fact that Kanye West had undergone a serious transformation as an artist. I can only imagine what wonders dissecting it will uncover. -MinM