Calling all rock critics for the 33 1/3 series open submissions

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If you fancy yourself a high-falutin’ rock critic, have we got an opportunity for you

Sure there are those of you out there who like music. Love it even, maybe. But then (and there’s usually one or two of you in a group of friends) there are those of you who won’t shut up about a given album or artist. It’s driving your friends crazy, but now we’ve got a fantastic opportunity: Bloomsbury, the publisher of the obsessive 33 1/3 books has an open call out for submissions for the next series. Finally, your chance to be the next Lester Bangs has arrived.

For the uninitiated, the 33 1/3 series is made up of 30,000-word books that cover a single album (yes, album, not discography). From the highbrow serious stuff like Radiohead’s OK Computer and The Smith’s Meat is Murder to ridiculous pop like ABBA Gold and Andrew WK’s I Get Wet, the 33 1/3 series lets someone pour out all their thoughts as to why an album matters and what it all means.

So, of course you have thoughts like that and would like to tell people about the unappreciated genius of Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Searching For The Young Soul Rebels. In that case, start getting your resume in order, along with a 2,000-word draft of the your potential book’s opening chapter. Plus a few other things you can check out here. You’ll have to be serious about this, as opposed to just lobbing crap around on a message board, but this is also a rare opportunity to go from being a nobody to being able to tell the world your weird theories about You Forgot It In People and get paid for it.