The 33/3 series, where writers get to explore a single album in a short book, opened the floor not too long ago, asking for proposals from anyone. They just posted all the albums that were pitched to them on their blog — all 471 of them.
Nothing on the list is too, too shocking, but the bar for that had been set high after Carl Wilson’s take on Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love, an examination subtitled “A Journey to the End of Taste”. I’m guessing that whoever proposed a book on the soundtrack to Mission: Impossible 2 — which brought the world Metallica’s “I Disappear” and Limp Bizkit’s version of the movie’s theme — is coming from a similar place. Although, to be quite honest, I’d snatch that one up right away, if only because I was one of the many teenage boys who wound up with a copy of that disc.
The only inclusions that surprised were the two Beatles albums I spotted. At this point, any bookstore with a decent-sized music section may as well have a Beatles subsection. So much has been written on them at this point that 33/3’s project of bringing long-form writing on music to the world seems redundant when applied to the Beatles.
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