Homemade record sleeves – 1958-1992

Somewhere well beyond the mainstream, beyond the established independent music scene of America and further, can be found the self-produced albums and self-produced artwork of some truly forgotten outsiders.

Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records, Homemade Sounds 1958-1992

New Book Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records, Homemade Sounds 1958-1992, is a goldmine of this dubious art direction and graphic design.

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‘The marquis’ – or is it a creepy sex wizard?

We’re talking about bedroom musicians who have chosen to make an audience of their friends and family after paying small pressing plants to create records, which were inevitably binned off by everyone else, including record companies.

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Dick, pictured centre presumably. A Giant of Hawaii. Look out ladies.

Some reveal shoddy composition, others unreal art direction, and a few probably reveal the faces of people who’ve been wanted by the FBI for years.

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Heart of an unstable sociopath?

On these pages teen pop ensembles rub shoulders with pizza parlour organists and religious cult leaders.

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As a body of work it has a genuine value as a piece of social history. The book is the largest collection of American vinyl artwork ever amassed, presenting 1000 cover reproductions. But of course we like it because it’s very funny.

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Breaking musical and sartorial boundaries, The Agape singers give us cannon casual

It has been written and edited by John Kugelberg, Michael P Daley and Paul Major.

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No, clearly not that Helen Hayes

A free download card featuring selected music, which we can barely imagine, comes with the book.

In the spirit of these pop crusaders Sinecure and Now-Again Records are creating a companion double LP and CD anthology to be released alongside the book.

Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records, Homemade Sounds 1958-1992

Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records, Homemade Sounds will be launched at Rough Trade East, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1

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