(Bloomsbury Academic, April 2016)

Hangin’ Tough, the second album by the New Kids on the Block, has sold more than seventeen million copies worldwide since it was released in 1988.

Journalist and New Kids fan Rebecca Wallwork delves into the science, emotion and music of Hangin’ Tough to find out what made the album so special. At last, NKOTB will be judged on something that has never been explored in depth before—their music.

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THE 33 1/3 B-SiDES

New Essays by 33 1/3 Authors on Beloved and Underrated Albums

Editors: Will Stockton, D. Gilson (Bloomsbury Academic)

If given another chance to write for the series, which albums would 33 1/3 authors focus on the second time around? This anthology features compact essays from past 33 1/3 authors on albums that consume them, but about which they did not write. It explores often overlooked and underrated albums that may not have inspired their 33 1/3 books, but have played a large part in their own musical cultivation.

Chapter 42: The Village People’s Can’t Stop the Music: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1980)