Bee Thousand 33 1/3

Monday, March 19, 2007

Chicago Tribune Mention

I'm tempted to be a team player and share all ten mentions of 33 1/3 books that appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, but for reasons of brevity and temperament (lazy; only child), I'll simply offer an excerpt about Bee Thousand by Bob Gendron who's not only "Special to the Tribune," but, now, special to me, as well.

March 18, 2007:

"Bee Thousand," by Marc Woodworth (2006)

Akin to Guided By Voices themselves, Marc Woodworth's homage to the band's 1994 breakthrough is fun, wordy, spirited and peculiar. Lengthy discussions with group leader Bob Pollard unscramble the patchwork songwriting and recording processes, and multifaceted interpretations of lyrics make for convincing notions about meanings. While Woodworth might not change detractors' minds regarding the band's value, his abstract thinking and quirky organization justify the lo-fi rockers' enduring appeal and polarizing aesthetic.

Here's the link to the whole piece:,1,4167703.story?ctrack=1&cset=true