If given another chance to write for the series, which albums would 33 1/3 authors focus on the second time around? This anthology features compact essays from past 33 1/3 authors on albums that consume them, but about which they did not write. It explores often overlooked and underrated albums that may not have inspired their 33 1/3 books, but have played a large part in their own musical cultivation.
Questions central to the essays include: How has this album influenced your worldview? How does this album intersect with your other creative and critical pursuits? How does this album index a particular moment in cultural history? In your own personal history? Why is the album perhaps under-the-radar, or a buried treasure? Why can't you stop listening to it? Bringing together 33 1/3's rich array of writers, critics, and scholars, this collection probes our taste in albums, our longing for certain tunes, and our desire to hit repeat--all while creating an expansive "must-listen" list for readers in search of unexplored musical territories.
Mark Polizzotti is a biographer, critic, translator, editor, and poet. His books include Revolution of the Mind: The Life of Andre Breton (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995; revised ed. 2009), Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (Bloomsbury, 2006), a monograph on Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados (British Film Institute/Bloomsbury, 2006), and Sympathy for the Traitor: A Translation Manifesto (MIT Press, 2018). He has translated over fifty books from the French, and his essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Bookforum, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Parnassus, Partisan Review, and elsewhere. He directs the publications program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Will Fulton is a musicologist, and an Associate Professor of Music at LaGuardia Community College. He has published articles in the Grove Dictionary of American Music, American Music Review, and contributed to The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies and the forthcoming collection, Beyoncé: Essays on Music, Culture, and Politics. His co-authored monograph, 33 1/3: Camp Lo’s Uptown Saturday Night, was released in 2017.
Patrick Rivers is an ethnomusicologist and Assistant Professor of music at the University of New Haven. He is the co-writer of the 33 1/3 series book Uptown Saturday Night, a contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies, and author of the forthcoming The Mad Science of Hip Hop: The Technology, Practice, and Heritage of Beat Making.
Rebecca Wallwork is a journalist and brand copywriter. Her work has been published in Interview magazine, Rolling Stone, WSJ. magazine, and The Sunday Telegraph. She is a former music editor of Interview magazine and a contributor to CNN Travel. Rebecca is the author of the 33 1/3 book on the New Kids on the Block's Hangin' Tough.