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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935613251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935613251
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,625,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author Tom Hamling is an award-winning advertising creative director whose client list includes adidas, Heineken, Got Milk?, and LEGO. In addition to owning the world's best collection of awful celebrity-based music, he is known, in some circles, to do a pretty decent squirrel call. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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I am prone to hyperbole but this is the funniest book ever written.
Jacob Neske
Tom Hamling makes for sure we find the humor and the nostalgia that viewing these albums creates.
Grady Harp
Sometimes the cover art shows the names of the songs sung by the celeb.
Dennis Littrell

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I said it once and I'll say it again: kitsch is camp and camp is kitsch and ever the twain shall meet. Yes, I'm jealous. I threw out all my vinyl thirty-three and a thirds when I made the last move to the old folks dementia home. This was long after I threw out my 78s and 45s, alas. (Warped by the sun, but as they spun, they gave off a wavy groove). So Tom Hamling goes on to show us all up and prove that one man's crapola is another man's treasure. Can you imagine? An art book showing the covers of records made by THE WORLD'S WORST CELEBRITIES (and some others)?

I mean, you can't play the music, and according to Hamling, that is all to the good. What he does instead in this "it's so bad it's art!" collection of some albums that never should have seen the light of day is to carefully examine the covers for hints and allegations about the pop culture in mostly the seventies and eighties. John Travolta, who really is a celeb, bless his hairy-chested heart, graces several pages of this frankly amazing tome, as well as appearing in the center of the record playing on the stylish record player on the cover, gets to be embarrassed boocoo times. Hamling's dry comment on the album cover showing Travolta in a dark mop of very thick hair over naked white shoulders: "This can't help the gay rumors."

My favorite (just to get back to me) is "I'm Your Woman" (1985) by Sandra Bernhard (who could actually sing a little) lying seemingly naked in satin sheets looking like somebody just smacked her in the swollen lips for looking too too heroin chic. I also liked "Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots" in a straight jacket grinning wide-eyed at the camera in "I'm Not Crazy" [Recommend for Adult Listening]. Hamling's comment: "Dees nuts." Ah, yes, dees nuts were made for.... Never mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The ride that success brings - endorsements, movies, television... and then there's the branch into the world of music. "Celebrity Vinyl" is an examination of this move... and how and why it goes so terribly wrong so terribly often. The author is an enthusiastic collector of these horrible albums and suffers for his readers as he outlines each album's story from its earliest concept stages to its life in stores, which is usually mercifully short. From Muhammad Ali to Leonard Nimoy to the Dallas Cowboys, "Celebrity Vinyl" covers them all, and is highly recommended to community library music collections.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Great concept but useless commentary and the copies aren't in great shape

Most hard-core vinyl record collectors love to spend time in used record stores going through the "Miscellaneous", "Personality" (if there is one) or "Spoken Word" sections. This is where you find the fun and oddball albums with great covers and a fun "pop culture" connection. These are either documentaries or the one or two Lps released by stars of TV shows.

There used to be a great website called "David Letterman's Record Collection" (now sadly taken down by CBS), which featured these esoteric Lps with audio samples.

The book in question here is fun to look through and it will bring back memories to many of us who grew up in the 1960s and 70s. But, unlike the other reviewers here, I found some things lacking. First, and foremost, is the statement on the cover that the author has the biggest collection of celebrity vinyl. I doubt it since I know at least two collectors who have well over 2,000 of these oddball releases. Next are the comments at the bottom of each colorful page. The author tells you nothing about the performer or artist: Just a snide remark - where he often unnecessarily uses the "F"-word. If he is such a big fan, he should provide USEFUL info. Then there is the almost random order the albums are shown. We get two Lorne Greene Lp together and then another later in the book. (Note that Greene did have a Top Ten single HIT with "Ringo"). Jimmy Swaggert has a few Lps included but they are spaced apart.

Lastly the Albums are not in the best condition though many of these are common. The high quality of the publisher (Mark Batty Publishers) is wasted on worn jackets.

There are a number of other books containing funny and unique album covers and these, at least, provide serious useful info. This book does not. Hence - based on the cover price - I need to rate it only 3 stars.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Neske on July 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In a world obsessed with celebrity it is nice to know that there is someone who can put it all in perspective. I am prone to hyperbole but this is the funniest book ever written. Mark Twain begot Jackie Mason, Jackie Mason begot Carrot Top, Carrot Top begot Peter Farrelly, Peter Farrelly begot Tom Hamling, who is funnier then them all.
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