Producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Mingering Mike released over 50 albums in his nine-year career while starring in movies, running record labels, and playing to sold-out crowds around the world. But his career took place entirely inside the mind of a teenager; cardboard record sleeves, fake singles, and other imaginary documentation were found by collectors at a flea market. Dori Hadar tracks down the real Mingering Mike and offers a poignant retrospective on a unique career that combined music, folk art, and dreams deferred.
The Amazing Career of an Imaginary Soul Superstar
By Dori Hadar; Princeton Architectural Press; $24.95