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Donna Kozloskie & Ben Sisario: 33 1/3


  • Archive, Author Talk

  • Saturday, August 26, 2023
  • Free for all
  • The Research & Development Store

Join us before the Pixies/Modest Mouse/Cat Power concert for a lively reading, discussion & book signing from two authors from the acclaimed 33 1/3 book series, that Pitchfork says, “not only expands how we define the concept of an album but reconsiders the very notion of what constitutes pop music itself“.

A blend of new journalism, fiction and historical artifact, using research, interviews, narrative construction and crowd-sourced material to craft the aura of the album, Donna Kozloskie’s take on Cat Power’s Moon Pix is an ode to the myth within the music and the music within the myth. Moon Pix was conceived during a hallucinatory waking nightmare in the South Carolina home of Chan Marshall one fateful day in 1997. Like all legends, the aura surrounding them is an impression, a sensory feeling of unreliable memories: layers of stories become histories. The Pixies have had a career unlike any other in alternative rock and Doolittle is their knotty masterpiece, the embodiment of their abrasive, exuberant, enigmatic pop. Informed by exclusive interviews with the band, Ben Sisario looks at the making of the album and its place in rock history saying Charles Thompson, aka Frank Black is “an Everydude, a pudgy blank slate” whose lyrics about “sexual loathing and visions of apocalypse” influenced Kurt Cobain (who told Rolling Stone that “Smells Like Teen Spirit was basically trying to rip off the Pixies” ).

This event is free, but space is limited. To ensure enough books & seats are on hand, please RSVP via ticket link.

About the authors: Donna Kozloskie works coast-to-coast while rooted in the Midwest. In 2010 she toured the globe with a band and a movie which is now in the permanent collection of MoMA (NYC). Focusing on nonfiction & visual storytelling, Donna currently writes and curates for film organizations and digital media platforms. Ben Sisario writes about music and culture for The New York Times, teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and is a commentator on the New York public radio station WFUV.

Have some time before the program? Our Research & Development Store is open until live events begin.
If you’re seeking a bite, check out restaurants in downtown North Adams, or find a nosh right here on campus: BIGGDADDY’s Philly Steak House, Bright Ideas Brewing, Casita, or Lickety Split Café. A full bar serves Bright Idea Brewing beers and Berkshire Mountain Distillery spirits.