mingering mike

Theres a great piece in the New York Times today about a visionary artist by the name of Mingering Mike, a fellow who, in the 1960s and 1970s, constructed elaborate record sleeves out of cardboard for imaginary albums that hed hoped to create. Recently, the work of Mingering Mike was discovered in New York thrift stores by a few collectors of obscure funk and soul music. This article pieces together the steps the men went through to ultimately find recorded evidence of Mikes self-taught music, and ultimately Mike himself, who apparently gave up this particular obsession years ago. Here are some of Mikes designs:

He even made records out of cardboard to go inside the sleeves!

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