Music Studies Professor Named Editor of Global Series

Natalie Sarrazin portrait photo

Dr. Natalie Sarrazin, Department of Theatre and Music Studies, is the founder and editor of 33 1/3 Global South Asia, part of Bloomsbury’s short books series on popular music albums.

The Bloomsbury series, begun in 2003, features books by academic and culture writers who delve into the sonic nuances of a particular album. The original book series highlights albums from the classics - James Brown, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Carole King, to Kanye West.

Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 Global began with Japan, Brazil, and Europe. 33 1/3 Global South Asia will be the newest series, but with a twist. Since South Asia’s popular music is highly film-centric, the series will focus on significant pop albums as well as film soundtracks from the region. Dr. Sarrazin was approached in 2019 by Bloomsbury to propose the series, which will launch in 2022-3 with three titles - the soundtrack to the Bollywood film “Dil Chahta Hai,” Indian Ocean’s 3rd album, “Kandisa,” and Pakistan’s Coke Studio, a television series featuring live studio music.

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