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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935613251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935613251
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,620,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Format: Hardcover
Not a bad collection of albums covers; I wouldn't want to pay full cover price for this one (I got it on sale at Oldies.com for around a $1.50), but it's an interesting sojourn down memory lane for anyone who's into the "golden throats" type of music (TV and movie celebrities singing when they probably shouldn't), and there's a few albums in here I'd never realized existed. If you like audio kitsch, this is for you.
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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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