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Mingering Mike Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Hot Wax! In Mingering Mike, Hadar presents the life story and 50-plus "albums" of the pseudonymous star and the outsider artist who created him. -- Entertainmanet Weekly, March 30, 2007
It doesn't matter that none of these albums are real, by the end of the book you feel like you've heard every last song. -- The Fader, Feb. 2007
Mingering Mike is a fitting homage to its subject's ambition and creativity--he even gets a discography in the back--but there's a sadder power in the records' nonexistent existence. These images are bursting but fragile, full of meaning and utterly inconsequential, nothing but promise. -- PopMatters.com, September 25, 2007
One friend of ours explained his artwork as "the black Marcel Dzama or Jockum Nordstrom." We just call it the best music we'll never hear. -- Tokion, March 2007
Thanks to Hadar, almost 40 years later, the "patron saint of crate-digging" is finally able to celebrate his musical career, even if not a single note was ever played. -- Stop Smiling, October 23, 2007
Tracing his amazing journey and collecting together a wealth of Mike's art, Hadar's book is part monograph of an outsider artist and part detective story. It also charts a love affair with that area of graphic design that really reaches out to people: the humble record sleeve. -- Creative Review, June 2007
Ultimately, the man comes across as sweet creative, and goofy--he's no scary, Darger-like shut in. . . The book does an excellent job of highlighting what it is about Mingering Mike that elicits both pathos and wonderment: the fact that his creator's funny and bizarre hobby fantasty is as vivid and affective a document of black cultural experience as the soul music he obsessed over -- BOMB, Spring 2007
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The book's subject is great. The book fell apart in my hands during the first perusal of it. Will Amazon replace or exchange the book?Published 9 months ago by Josie
I discovered the legend of Mingering Mike a couple years ago. His story is phenomenal, this book covers it really well.Published 14 months ago by Powell
This is one of the most beautiful collections of artwork ever produced. Mingering Mike creates music through his fingers. I only wish there was an oversized hardbound edition. Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by John Abar
I have been following Mingering Mike's intriguing story from the beginning since Dori and Frank discovered Mike's hidden gems. Read morePublished on May 21, 2007 by KidGusto