If you know what 33 1/3 means, you're either over sixty, an audiophile, or a DJ.
But now anyone can join in the retro fun by reading 33 1/3: a quirky series of writings, published by Continuum that pay tribute to legendary albums. Three of the series' writers joined Happy Ending host Amanda Stern at Joe's Pub on June 2. Dan Kois imagined ukelele player Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," Christopher Weingarten recreated portions of Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back," and Geeta Dayal created a performance piece around Brian Eno's "Another Green World." Musical guest The Little Death took the roof off the club.
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The biggest man Milan has ever seen walks through the door. He looks like a house, carrying a ukelele.--Dan Kois, from Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future
This is what I think a sample is--the DNA of a song can get transformed and transmuted when you put it in something else, and keep the essence of its original self.--Christopher Weingarten.
I wrote the book with this deck of cards, and that's not the way that people usually write books. It's a deck of cards called the Oblique Strategies cards.--Geeta Dayal.