The 33 1/3 book series is one of my all-time favorites. Writers take one classic album and dissect it in book length. Everybody from the Byrds to Led Zeppelin to My Bloody Valentine to Slayer have been written about.
One of the series' all-time best volumes, Dan LeRoy's deconstruction of the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique, is now available as a free download at Audible.com.
LeRoy's in-his-own-words essay runs nearly four hours. But it's a great story that earns its length.
LeRoy (a onetime Scene contributor) breaks down everything from behind-the-scenes battles the Beasties had with their label to the smorgasbord of samples they and producers the Dust Brothers built the record on.
It's a fascinating read, and it's now a fascinating listen. Perfect for your work commute. —Michael Gallucci