The popular 33 1/3 series from Continuum has a new call for proposals posted on its blog.
We’ve mentioned before our affection for the series, especially those volumes that move beyond memoir or criticism to offer something like a cultural history of the time and place a particularly seminal record was created. We even asked our students in Writing New York last year to buy Joe Harvard’s volume on The Velvet Underground and Nico, one of the albums (along with Patti Smith’s Horses) we include on the course’s syllabus. We conceptualize that unit as “From the Beats to the Punks.”
I’ve long had in mind a couple titles I’d propose to 33 1/3 if given the chance — and now that it’s here I’d like to put the question to friends, former students, and whomever else may be reading this (we know have more readers than people who comment). That’s right! Consider this a lurker amnesty post: we want to know what albums you think should be recognized as cornerstones or records of important moments or movements in the city’s cultural history.
Tip: the series has until now enforced a policy of publishing only one book per band, but given that they’re dropping this rule (!), feel free to suggest albums for bands already in the series. The full list of published and planned volumes is here.
Can’t think of key NYC albums? Maybe New York Magazine‘s recent feature on the New New York Canon will prompt you.