Elvis Costellos Armed Forces 33 1/3
In this meticulously detailed book, Bruno tracks down musical reference points from the Beach Boys to Marvin Gaye, and examines the successes (and failures) of Costello's lyrical techniques. He also places the album in the context of Costello's career, and the era's charged social and political climate: this was the time of Rock Against Racism, the birth of Thatcherism, and the infamous 'Columbus incident.' "33 1/3" is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 50 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike.