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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sinecure Books (June 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938265041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938265044
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A private-press LP at the thrift store is a curio, a personal find, but the same LP featured in a coffee-table book is a collector’s item. Whatever you might have made of the original, it wasn’t—by definition—salable. After being included in this stylish art book though, that scarcity becomes value. And it’s unmistakable that many of the album covers in Enjoy the Experience have the novelty, mystery, and visual apeal that translate into consumer desirability. Indeed, that desirability underliesmuch of the book’s raison d’être. Like galleries or fine-art collectors, the editors of Enjoy the Experience, have, in cataloguing their passion, marketed it as well. […] The album art in this volume stretches the genre because we haven’t seen it before. But once we have, the real surprise may be how comfortably it fits inside. —Damon Krukowski

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The private-press LPs documented in this spectacularly fun coffee-table book routinely cross those boundaries - sometimes with an eye toward the slick, other times toward the sick, but rarely with hopes for anything like popular approval. Although many of the elements found here - stock images, cliched photoops, idiosyncratic philosophies, and a distorted sense of self - played tjeir role in commercial album art, the homemade versions extend these strategies into the realm of outsider art. A private-press LP at the thrift store is a curio, a personal find, but the same LP featured in a coffee-table book is a collector's item. Whaterver you might have made of the original, it wasn't - by definition- salable. (Damon Krukowski Bookforum 2013-11-12)

Coming in at a whopping 512 pages with over 1,000 illustrations, this book is a Herculean feat of cultural musicology, graphic design, and collectorship siphoned through the rich history of private-press recordings - vynil record albums produced and paid for by the musicians themselves, mainly in the 1960s and '70s in the U.S. (Sarah E. Fensom Art and Antiques 2013-06-01)

An affectionate overview of the musically-inclined but record-labelly-declined. (Esquire (UK) Editors Esquire (UK) 2013-05-01)

"Sumptuous editors Johan Kugelberg, Michael P. Daley, and Paul Major have collected more than 1,000 of the wildest, weirdest, sweetest, and coolest vanity vinyl covers." (Spin.Com Editors Spin.com 2013-05-01)

A collective aura of strangeness. (The Guardian Edtors The Guardian 2013-05-01)

The albums memorialized here aren't from a better time or a more passionate place - the internet is full of evidence that the beautiful, iterative spirit of humans is hardly dead. But there is a specific light shining through the detritus of all the missions noted here: Once upon a time, it was really difficult to release your own album. The time and focus necessary to make one of these things was part of a ritual act. Reaching even the most distant shore of the mainstream was about devotion as much as ambition. Salute the sweat. (Sasha Ferra-Jones New Yorker 2013-04-05)

Plumbing the depths of many obsessed collectors' archives (including their own), editors Michael P. Daley and Johan Kugelberg pulled the best of the very best records. (Storm Christian Vice.com 2013-04-01)

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You also have a chance to hear some of this music on the companion set-released on both vinyl and CD.
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That said, I think I've enjoyed this as a coffee table book, possibly more than he has.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 22, 2013
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This book, in 505 pages, contains around 1,000 of the oddest, weirdest, DIY album covers you'll ever see from the years 1958-1992. This is the world of the privately pressed record album. And that includes the album jacket. This handsome large format hardcover book is filled with "artists" who never had a prayer of being picked up by a large record label. So they went the do-it-yourself-route, including the album artwork. In fact, the artwork for this book's cover is taken from an album cover photo which has been used more than once. Image size ranges from several to a page to larger (some one to a page) reproductions. Personally I dislike small images because I'm from the 12" vinyl album era. The same with books that collect music posters-the bigger the reproduction the better. But I know that size is related to price and the physical size of the book. To put it simply-this is the best book yet on oddball album covers that's been published. The combination of graphics, biographies and interviews make this the book to have in your library.

The book (which comes sealed in plastic) has a removable OBI strip, and the 7" clear record is inside a plastic sleeve on the back of the book. The paper stock is a matte finish. The reproductions are crisp and clean-no fuzzy graphics here. At the bottom of each page is listed the title, artist, date (if known), recording company (if known), and the Catalog number. There's also biographies on a number of people whose albums are included in the book. These add both depth and interest to the collection. Finally there's an "A-to-Z of our favorite tunes" at the back of the book. You also have a chance to hear some of this music on the companion set-released on both vinyl and CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend, the vinylphile. My knowledge on the subject of vanity presses began and ended with The Shaggs, and I know the facts on their story are debated. That said, I think I've enjoyed this as a coffee table book, possibly more than he has. The cover art is the focus, but through browsing, you'll also learn about the culture and economics that brought these kind of recordings into being. I'll always treasure the story behind Jr. and his Soulettes, a child band managed by the eponymous Jr's dad, who ruined all their LPs by shrink wrapping them in a butcher shop to save money and hired prostitutes to dance with a puppet while he filmed it. This will be on our coffee table as long as we have one.
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By Martijn on September 4, 2013
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What a fun, weird, amazing book. One of the things that's awesome about it is that you don't just get to see the art work, you get to sample some of the actual music as well with a free download that comes with the book. These records range from the amateuristic to the wacky to the pretentious to the amusing to the quirky to the cheesy. It's like a great list of anti-heroes; all those musicians who tried but never 'made it'; musicians who just made music for their own obscure ends; people who thought they could be musicians, but never really were in the first place. It's a rich experience to enjoy, especially for people who enjoy the unusual. Very entertaining.
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Just a wonderful book, filled with pictures and information, for anyone who likes to delve into the nether-regions of pop-culture. Beautifully presented, this is a classy title that lovingly looks at a hidden layer of American culture.
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