Hi - I'm Wendy, I do the publicity for the 33 1/3 Series. I've been reading this thread b/c it keeps showing up on my Google alerts, and I just had to chime in here to explain about the Carl Wilson book on Celine Dion. It's not a joke, although I agree that it totally seems like it could be! When David (Barker, the editor and series creator) first brought it up we were all umm, a little surprised. Until he explained. B/c it isn't one of the here's-how-we-made-our-album 33 1/3s (as any of you who've read more than a couple of the series know, there is a large spectrum of approaches within the series), it has a very different angle.
Here's the description I have:
Non-fans regard Céline Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband’s struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There’s nothing cool about Céline Dion, and nothing clever. That’s part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred — with most critics and committed music fans taking pleasure (or at least geeky solace) in their lofty contempt. This book documents Carl Wilson’s brave and unprecedented year-long quest to fi nd his inner Céline Dion fan, and explores how we defi ne ourselves in the light of what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate.
Carl is Canadian, and I guess he was just curious about why so many of his fellow countrymen were batty for this musician that he (an excellent and well respected music critic with a great blog http://www.zoilus.com/
) couldn't stand. Personally I'm very excited to read this one, I suspect it will be very interesting and quite funny!
For more information about the 33 1/3 Series, you should all check out David Barker's blog: