Hadar put his detective skills to work and soon found himself at the door of the elusive man responsible for this alternate universe of funk. Their friendship blossomed and Mike revealed the story of his life and his many albums, hit singles, and movie soundtracks. A solitary boy raised by his brothers, sisters, and cousins, Mike lost himself in a world of his own imaginary superstardom, basing songs and albums on his and his family's experiences. Early teenage songs obsessed with love and heartache soon gave way to social themes surrounding the turbulent era of civil rights protests and political upheavalbrought even closer to home when Mike himself went underground dodging the Vietnam War.
In Mingering Mike, Hadar tells the story of a man and his myth: the kid who dreamed of being a star and the fantastical "careers" of the artists he created. All of Mingering Mike's best albums and 45s are presented in full color, finally bringing to the star the adoring audience he always imagined he had.
Princeton Architectural Press, 9781568985695, 192pp.
Publication Date: March 29, 2007
About the Author
Jane Livingston is an independent curator specializing in outsider art. She has contributed to catalogs for exhibitions such as The Quilts of Gee's Bend, Joan Mitchell, and Richard Diebenkorn.
Neil Strauss is a former columnist for the New York Times and the author of The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.