Introduction; 1. Elvis Costello; 2. R.E.M.; 3. Jeff Buckley; 4. DJ Shadow; 5. The MC5; 6. Bruce Springsteen; 7. David Bowie; 8. The Band; 9. Neutral Milk Hotel; 10. Sly and the Family Stone; 11. The Pixies; 12. Beastie Boys; 13. Stone Roses; 14. Nirvana; 15. Bob Dylan; 16. My Bloody Valentine; 17. The Who; 18. Guided By Voices; 19. Sonic Youth; 20. Joni Mitchell; (And the winner of our Under-21 Essay Contest.).
Adult/High School-This volume includes selections from the ongoing series that pays tribute to pop-music albums. Some contributors discuss the production values and personnel on specific albums, such as Neil Young's Harvest. Others examine individual song structure and songwriting. Michaelangelo Matos's chapter on Prince's Sign 'O' The Times picks the album apart song by song. Still others describe personal experiences during which an album seemed to serve as the soundtrack. The authors are unabashed music geeks who take their obsessions seriously, and most chapters display journalistic rigor and flair. Musicians, journalists, professors, and others contribute their varied perspectives to the enrichment of the collection. Pop music is worthy of serious consideration, a welcomed revelation to many teens. There are plenty of books on rock music, but this anthology's focus on individual albums is unique. The music expands beyond the personality cults of rock superstars, and readers see all of the other people who contributed to the final masterpiece and the greater cultural and historical context from which it emerged. This is a collection of excerpts from longer works, and many pieces needed some rewriting to make them stand alone. The book includes this year's winning essay from the "Under 21" contest, a nice way of encouraging young writers to join the conversation.-Emma Coleman, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"This odd, beautiful collection was spawned from an odd and beautiful idea. Come up with a list of 50 classic albums for the last four decades, email it out to a diverse group of writers, musicians, industry wonks, and some people who defy description, and ask them to write a brief book about why they love it. David Barker did just that with his 33 1/3 series. He found the response from writers impressive and popular. The series of books, which can only be described as cute (measuring slightly bigger than a deck of cards and about half as thick), are a mixed bag that run the gamut from eye-opening looks at the essence of an album to pieces that leap the bounds of appreciation and are positively obsessive. This anthology brings together selections from the first 20 volumes of the series." Playback St. Louis"