I’ve been having a blast recently engaging in a unique form of multimedia… ah… edutainment that I thought I’d share with the group.
If you haven’t heard of the 33-1/3 Series of books, each of which explores a single influential album of the past forty years, you really should check ’em out. It’s an awesome concept and some of the titles are brilliant. I’ve been buying one of the books, ripping or downloading the album it covers, and then listening to the recording on my iPod at night as I read the text. Most of the books are written so that each chapter covers a track on the album. It’s fun to read about a song’s context, composition, and recording and then listen to it. It can really get you inside the music in a very deep, insightful way.