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.
About the Author
Will Stockton is Professor of English at Clemson University, USA, and the author of several books, including Members of His Body: Shakespeare, Paul, and a Theology of Nonmonogamy (2017) and Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy (2011). D. Gilson teaches English at Missouri State University, USA. His books include Incarnate: Notes from an Evangelical Boyhood (2020) and I Will Say This Exactly One Time: Essays (2015). Together, they wrote dc Talk's Jesus Freak (Bloomsbury, 2018).
"There's plenty inside The 33 1/3 B-Sides to keep readers glued to the meanings behind popular music and if you enjoy the 33 1/3 series, this book is the perfect complement to read from time-to-time between music texts. Your new favorite record might be waiting in the margins of any of these essays." - PopMatters
"There's lots of love on display in this collection of writings, along with many other emotions. This is a book to keep beside a favourite chair and to dip in and out of when the mood takes you." --Americana UK