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Mingering MIke book

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  • Telstar
    Mingering Mike: The Amazing Career of an Imaginary Soul Superstar is being published this March by Princeton Architectural Press:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2007
      'Mingering Mike: The Amazing Career of an Imaginary Soul Superstar' is being
      published this March by Princeton Architectural Press:


      "One cold December morning, Dori Hadar-DJ by night, criminal investigator by
      day-was digging through crates of records at a flea market in Washington,
      D.C. There he stumbled into the elaborate world of Mingering Mike-a soul
      superstar of the 1960s and '70s who released an astonishing 50 albums and at
      least as many singles in just 10 years. But Hadar had never heard of him,
      and he realized why on closer inspection: every album in the crates was made
      of cardboard. Each package was intricately crafted, complete with gatefold
      interiors, extensive liner notes, and grooves drawn onto the "vinyl." Some
      albums were even covered in shrinkwrap, as if purchased at actual record
      stores. The crates contained nearly 200 LPs and 45s by Mingering Mike, as
      well as other artists like Joseph War, the Big "D," and Rambling Ralph, on
      labels such as Sex Records, Decision, and Ming/War. There were also
      soundtracks to imaginary films, a benefit album for sickle cell anemia, and
      a tribute to Bruce Lee.

      Hadar put his detective skills to work and soon found himself at the door of
      the elusive man responsible for this alternate universe of funk. Their
      friendship blossomed and Mike revealed the story of his life and his many
      albums, hit singles, and movie soundtracks. A solitary boy raised by his
      brothers, sisters, and cousins, Mike lost himself in a world of his own
      imaginary superstardom, basing songs and albums on his and his family's
      experiences. Early teenage songs obsessed with love and heartache soon gave
      way to social themes surrounding the turbulent era of civil rights protests
      and political upheaval-brought even closer to home when Mike himself went
      underground dodging the Vietnam War.

      In Mingering Mike, Hadar tells the story of a man and his myth: the kid who
      dreamed of being a star and the fantastical "careers" of the artists he
      created. All of Mingering Mike's best albums and 45s are presented in full
      color, finally bringing to the star the adoring audience he always imagined
      he had.

      Dori Hadar is an avid vinyl junkie and can be found scavenging the crates of
      flea markets in and around Washington, D.C. He is a DJ by night,
      specializing in funk, soul, and hip hop and a criminal investigator by day.

      Neil Strauss is a former columnist for the New York Times and the author of
      The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.



      There's an official site which hasn't bee updated in a while (no mention of
      the book).


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