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"33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 60 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike." [continuum website]
These titles vary in their focus, from an album's history, philosophical underpinnings, and reception; to analysis; to the author's personal reflections. Each book is about 150 pages.
Object Lessons is a series of books, also published by Bloomsbury. Books in the series discuss the story behind everyday objects. Each book focuses on one object.