Mingering Mike


One cold December morning, Dori Hadar—DJ by night, criminal
investigator by day—was digging through crates of records at a flea
market in Washington, D.C. There he stumbled into the elaborate world
of Mingering Mike—a soul superstar of the 1960s and ’70s who released
an astonishing 50 albums and at least as many singles in just 10 years.
But Hadar had never heard of him, and he realized why on closer
inspection: every album in the crates was made of cardboard. Each
package was intricately crafted, complete with gatefold interiors,
extensive liner notes, and grooves drawn onto the "vinyl." Some albums
were even covered in shrinkwrap, as if purchased at actual record

crates contained nearly 200 LPs and 45s by Mingering Mike, as well as
other artists like Joseph War, the Big "D," and Rambling Ralph, on
labels such as Sex Records, Decision, and Ming/War. There were also
soundtracks to imaginary films, a benefit album for sickle cell anemia,
and a tribute to Bruce Lee.

Mingering Mike: The Amazing Career of An Imaginary Soul Superstar
By Dori Hadar

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