New Book Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records, Homemade Sounds 1958-1992, is a goldmine of this dubious art direction and graphic design.
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.
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.
On these pages teen pop ensembles rub shoulders with pizza parlour organists and religious cult leaders.
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.
It has been written and edited by John Kugelberg, Michael P Daley and Paul Major.
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 will be launched at Rough Trade East, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1