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The Mingering Mike Collection

The Mingering Mike Collection

February 27, 2015 – August 2, 2015 (new dates)

Museum: American Art Museum

Location: 2nd Floor, South

On view are over 100 pieces of musical ephemera made between 1965 and 1979 by a self-taught Washington, D.C., artist known only as Mingering Mike. These “vinyl” LP albums (made from painted cardboard), original album art, song lyrics and liner notes, and 45-rpm singles reveal the artist’s youthful fantasy of being a famous soul singer/songwriter. The exhibition offers a window on a historical moment when D.C. played a pivotal role in music history. 

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The Mingering Mike Show (Various Artists) Live from the Howard Theater, (Nations Capitol Records), 1969