33 1/3’s Recession List


The folks at Continuum and 33 1/3 continue to put on a clinic in the uninspiring and potentially dire realities of publishing in 2009: The final 33 1/3 slate is out, 11 books as compared to the original, optimistic promise of 20, almost all of which focus on records about which you are already probably pretty sick of hearing. (Although they also ducked proposals for a Beatles book–my informed guess is the unconventional nature of the project had something to do with that decision–along with ones about Paul Simon and David Bowie, which, who knows.) The logic here is pretty straightforward: a book about Jawbreaker has a smaller potential audience than one about AC/DC. Period. Frankly, it’s a miracle 33 1/3 is still afloat at the moment. So though although the dearth of rappers/independents/non-obvious picks here isn’t anything to cheer, let’s be uncharacteristic bloggers and take a moment to say: Be thankful for what you’ve got. Full final list below.

    Portishead’s Dummy, by RJ Wheaton
    Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, by Tony Tost
    Television’s Marquee Moon, by Bryan Waterman
    Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, by Gina Arnold
    AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, by Joe Bonomo
    Ween’s Chocolate and Cheese, by Hank Shteamer
    Radiohead’s Kid A, by Marvin Lin
    Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me, by Nick Attfield
    Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, by Aaron Cohen
    Slint’s Spiderland, by Scott Tennent
    The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls, by Cyrus Patell

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