49:00 (styled 49:00... Of Your Time Life) is a 2008 album by Paul Westerberg. The album was originally slated for a release on July 19, 2008[2] (marketed as "June 49"), but digital distribution problems delayed its release until July 21.

Studio album by
RecordedJune 2008[1]
GenreAlternative rock
LabelDry Wood
ProducerPaul Westerberg
Paul Westerberg chronology
The Resterberg

The album is a single track that was sold on Amazon.com's Amazon MP3 service for 49 U.S. cents. According to Westerberg's manager, Darren Hill, the 49-cent price was initially a joke suggested by Westerberg: fans would pay "a penny a minute."[3] Hill then shopped the idea to various retailers; Amazon was the only one willing to distribute the album for the 49 cent price. The album was later listed on Tunecore for worldwide distribution, as Amazon MP3 limits purchases to customers in the United States. The long sound collage is intended to mirror the experience of tuning a radio dial, with songs abruptly cutting off and starting.[4]

49:00 has no track listing - fans attempted to separate songs and name them [5] . Westerberg played all of the instruments himself. The project was finished on July 14, 2008, was delivered by Westerberg to Hill on the following day; it was available via Amazon on July 21, 2008 and hit #1 on the Amazon sales chart.[3]

49:00 was deleted from TuneCore on July 29, 2008 and Amazon two days later. Westerberg has received no official explanation for the album's removal from either service.[2] Celia Hirschman of KCRW explained that the sudden removal might have been due to cease and desist notices sent to music sellers.[6] Westerberg confirmed this, saying, "Ten publishers came after us immediately 'cause I used all these snippets of songs that I recorded. It was either pay up or pull the thing." [7]

In 2014, 49:00 and 5:05 were posted to Westerberg's Soundcloud account with the comment, "I tried to release this in 2008 and had a lot of problems. That being said I hope you enjoy it." [8]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
ABC Newsfavorable[9]
Allmusic     [10]
The A.V. ClubB+[11]
Live Dailyfavorable[13]
Pitchfork Media7.1/10[14]
Rocky Mountain NewsA[15]

Track listingEdit

  1. "49:00" – 43:55


Single by Paul Westerberg
ReleasedAugust 6, 2008
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Paul Westerberg

On August 6, 2008, Westerberg released the song "5:05" on Tunecore, allowing users to pay either 99 cents or $5.05.[16] Together, these two downloads make 49 minutes of music.


  1. ^ "Paul Westerberg - A.V. Club". The A.V. Club. 2008-08-05. Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  2. ^ a b Latest Paul Westerberg - June 49 New Music Download
  3. ^ a b Paul Westerberg Offers New Album for 49 Cents
  4. ^ Michaels, Sean (2008-07-22). "Paul Westerberg charges 49 cents for his new album". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2008-09-04.
  5. ^ "49:00". paulwesterberg.com. 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  6. ^ "News Collage of the Week, Wednesday, August 6, 2008". KCRW. 2008-08-06. Archived from the original on 4 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-04.
  7. ^ "Pleased to Meet Him: An Interview with Paul Westerberg". Rock Band. 2008-12-02. Archived from the original on 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  8. ^ "The best Paul Westerberg songs you never heard: A journey through his surprise 2008 solo gems". Salon. 2015-04-11. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  9. ^ ABC News Review
  10. ^ Allmusic Review
  11. ^ Bahn, Christopher (2008-08-04). "Paul Westerberg: 49:00". A.V. Club. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  12. ^ "Crawdaddy Review". Archived from the original on 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  13. ^ "Live Daily Review". Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  14. ^ "Pitchfork Media Review". Archived from the original on 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  15. ^ Rocky Mountain News Review
  16. ^ "Paul Westerberg - 5:05". Tunecore. 2008-08-06. Archived from the original on 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2008-09-04.