Vintage Vinyl For Sale

Records For Sale

I’m selling many vintage vinyl LPs at my neighborhood’s community yard sale Saturday, Sept. 8, 9-4. Plus vintage furniture, art objects, collectibles, household items, vintage textiles and more. Of course, any reasonable offer will be considered.

Here are the LPs that will be on sale:

Comedy

  • Andy Griffith: Just For Laughs: $4 
  • Blow Fly: On Tour: $20 
  • Bob Booker & George Foster: When You’re In Love The Whole World Is Jewish: $5 
  • Bonzo Dog Band: The History Of The Bonzos: $5 
  • Bonzo Dog Doo/Dah Band: Gorilla: $10 
  • Martin Mull and His Fabulous Furniture: In Your Living Room: $5 
  • Monty Python: Previous Record: $4 
  • Pat Buttram: Off His Rocker!: $4 
  • Pat Buttram: Pat Buttram…We Wuz Poor”: $10 
  • Woody Allen: Woody Allen: $13 

Novelty

  • Annette Funicello: Dance Annette: $20 
  • Arch Oboler: Drop Dead: $10 
  • Be A Disc Jockey (New York School of Announcing and Speech): $10 
  • Bonnie Prudden: Keep Fit And Be Happy, Volume II: $3 
  • Col. Frank Erhardt & Cast: Adventures In Sound And Space: $5 
  • Debbie Drake: How To Keep Your Husband Happy: Look Slim! Keep Trim!: $5 
  • Don Lonie: Don Lonie Talks With Teenagers: $4 
  • Edd “Kookie” Byrnes: Kookie Star Of “77 Sunset Strip”: $20 
  • Estus W. Pirkle: If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (cover in shrink;  vinyl damaged but playable): $15 
  • Mad: Mad Twists Rock ‘N’ Roll: $20 
  • Mae West: Way Out West (with insert): $20 
  • Muzak: Stimulus Progression 6: $4 
  • Perry Como: Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music: $3 
  • Robert Mitchum: Calypso – Is Like So…: $10 
  • Spiro T. Agnew: Spiro T. Agnew Speaks Out: $5 
  • Stuart Margolin: And The Angel Sings: $10 
  • Tammy Faye Bakker: Ballad Of Jim & Tammy (12”): $5 
  • Tony Randall and Jack Klugman: The Odd Couple Sings: $10 
  • Unknown Artist: Tammy’s Sing-A-Long Party (Ideal doll): $10 
  • Up With People!: Pace Magazine Presents Up With People! The Sing-Out Musical: $5 
  • Various Artists: ?Out Of This World (earthquake sounds): $20 
  • Victor Lundberg: An Open Letter (sealed): $10 
  • Walter Brennan: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas…Back Home: $4 
  • Walter Brennan: The Very Best Of Walter Brennan: $4 

Hip Hop

  • **Super Star** A-Mar Featuring Jay Bee Rock: Grasshopper Meets The Master (promo copy): $8 
  • Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown: Unity: $3 
  • Anquette: Ghetto Style: $7 
  • Audio Two: Make It Funky (second original pressing): $7 
  • B. Fats: Woppit: $3 
  • Big Daddy Kane: Get Into It: $15 
  • Boogie Down Productions: The Bridge Is Over / A Word From Our Sponsor: $8 
  • Busy Boys: Funky Fresh Xmas: $12 
  • Captain Grandmaster Caz: Count Basey: $10 
  • Casper: Casper’s Groovy Ghost Show: $8 
  • Choice M.C.’s Featuring Fresh Gordon:? Beat Of The Street / Gordy’s Groove: $5 
  • D.J. Bones Featuring M.C. Malika Love: Co-Rock Steady: $5 
  • D.J. Polo & Kool G. Rapp: Rikers Island (original pressing): $25 
  • Danny Krivit: Feelin’ James (first pressing): $8 
  • Disco Twins & Starchild: Do The Whop / Get Back: $5 
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff And the Fresh Prince Featuring Ice Cream “Tee”: ?Guys Ain’t Nothing But Trouble: $3 
  • Doug E. Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew: ?The Show / La-Di-Da-Di: $10 
  • Eazy-E: Eazy-Duz-It / Ruthless Villain / Radio: $15 
  • Eric B. Featuring Rakim: Eric B. Is President / My Melody: $10 
  • Full Force: Unselfish Lover: $6 
  • Funky Four Plus One More: Rappin And Rocking The House (Some surface noise): $6 
  • Gary Byrd And The G.B. Experience: The Crown: $6 
  • Grandmaster Caz: Get Down Grandmaster / I’m Caz: $8 
  • Grandmaster Flash: Style (Peter Gunn Theme): $5 
  • Grandmaster Flash: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done: $5 
  • Grandmaster Flash: U Know What Time It Is: $4 
  • Grandmaster Melle Mel: Jesse: $3 
  • High Power: Ok I’m Loosin’ Up (Remix): $5 
  • Ice-T: I’m Your Pusher: $5 
  • J.M. Silk: I Can’t Turn Around: $5 
  • J.M. Silk: Music Is The Key (original version): $8 
  • Joeski Love: Pee-Wee’s Dance (original): $8 
  • Joeski Love: Say Joe: $7 
  • Jonzun Crew: Time Is Running Out: $4 
  • Juice Crew All Stars: Evolution / Juice Crew All Stars: $5 
  • King Rad – King Stevo: Get Smart: $3 
  • King Sun-D Moet: Hey Love b/w Mythological Rapper: $5 
  • Kool Moe Dee: Go See The Doctor / Monster Crack (sealed): $5 
  • Kurtis Blow: Party Time?: $5 
  • M.C. Boob A.K.A. Steady “B”: Yo Mutha / Bring The Beat Back: $9 
  • M.C. Chill Featuring D.J. Kid Finesse & Beatmaster T: Bust This Rhyme: $4 
  • M.C. Chill: Nightmare On Chill Street / Nothing Can Save You Now: $5 
  • Masters of Ceremony (featuring Don Barron): Sexy: $5 
  • MC Lyte & DJ K-Rock: I Cram To Understand U (Sam): $8 
  • MC Miker G. & DJ Sven: Celebration Rap: $3 
  • Mikey-D & The L.A. Posse: I Get Rough / Go For It: $9 
  • Miss Thang: Thunder And Lightning: $5 
  • N.Y.C. Fat Girls: Here Comes The Fat Girls: $5 
  • Newcleus: Jam On It: $9 
  • Newcleus: Na Na Beat: $8 
  • Pebblee-Poo: A Fly Guy: $5 
  • Pumpkin and the Profile All Stars: Here Comes That Beat: $7 
  • Rappin’ Duke: Duke Is Back: $3 
  • Rappin’ Duke: Que Pasa?: $3 
  • Rappin’ Duke: Rappin’ Duke: $6 
  • Run-D.M.C.: It’s Like That / Sucker M.C.’s: $8 
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot: Posse’ On Broadway: $7 
  • Spoonie Gee And The Treacherous Three: The New Rap Language / Love Rap: $8 
  • Spoonie Gee: I’m All Shook Up: $4 
  • Spoonie Gee: That’s My Style: $4 
  • Steady “B”: Just Call Us Def / Fly Shante: $7 
  • Stetsasonic: A.F.R.I.C.A.: $10 
  • Steve “Silk” Hurley: Jack Your Body: $8 
  • Sugar Hill Gang: Apache: $4 
  • Sundance Kids: Crack It Up: $3 
  • Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud: Do The James: $6 
  • Symbolic Three Featuring D.J. Dr. Shock: No Show: $5 
  • T. J. Swann & Peewee Mel and Swann Controllers: Maximus Party: $6 
  • Terminators:? Forever Dis/Polo: $20 
  • The Fearless Four: Problems Of The World (sealed): $15 
  • The Incredible Mr. Freeze: Back To The Scene Of The Crime: $3 
  • The Microphone Prince: Rock House / Memory Lane / Hound Dog: $4 
  • The Sugarhill Gang: 8th Wonder: $2 
  • Treacherous Three: The Treacherous Three: $12 
  • Twilight 22: Electric Kingdom: $10 
  • Twilight 22: Siberian Nights: $8 
  • Ultramagnetic MC’s: Traveling At The Speed Of Thought / A Chorus Line: $8 
  • Various: Chicago Trax – Volume 1: $20 
  • Various: Ultimate Breaks & Beats (Street Beat, generic sleeve): $10 
  • Vicious Rumor Club: Whole Lotta Love (factory sealed): $6 
  • Whistle: (Nothing Serious) Just Buggin’: $5 
  • Whistle: Just For Fun: $2 
  • Word of Mouth featuring D.J. Cheese: King Kut (first pressing): $10 
  • Word Of Mouth Featuring DJ Cheese: Coast To Coast: $2 

Rock and Pop

  • A-Bones: I Was A Teenage Mummy: $8 
  • Allan Sherman: My Son, The Celebrity: $50 
  • Big Brother & The Holding Company: Cheap Thrills: $30 
  • Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash: The Dylan Cash Session: $30 
  • Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Volume II: $9 
  • Bobby Darin: Twist: $15 
  • Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (promo stamp): $20 
  • Bryan Ferry: Boys and Girls: $6 
  • Bryan Ferry: Don’t Stop The Dance b/w Slave To Love (12″): $6 
  • Bryan Ferry: Don’t Stop the Dance Picture Disc: $20 
  • Bryan Ferry: In Your Mind: $4 
  • Bryan Ferry: Is Your Love Strong Enough (12″ Extended Version): $4 
  • Bryan Ferry: Slave to Love bw Valentine (12″ No poster) (12″): $3 
  • Bryan Ferry: Slave to Love bw Valentine (12″ No poster) (12″): $8 
  • Bryan Ferry: The Right Stuff: $3 
  • Bryan Ferry: These Foolish Things: $35 
  • Buddy Holly: The Complete Buddy Holly (6 LPs + Booklet): $35 
  • Carlene Carter: Blue Nun: $4 
  • Chantays: Two Sides: $20 
  • Chris Spedding: Guitar Graffiti: $4 
  • Chris Spedding: Hurt: $4 
  • Corvairs: Temple Fire: $4 
  • Country Joe and the Fish: Together: $7 
  • Culturcide: Tacky Souvenirs Of Pre-Revolutionary America: $30 
  • Dave Edmunds: Get It: $4 
  • Dean Martin: Pretty Baby: $5 
  • Dean Martin: The Dean Martin Christmas Album: $9 
  • Elvis Costello And The Attractions: Armed Forces (Original UK pressing, with EP and postcards): $18 
  • Everett Dirksen: At Christmas Time (in shrink wrap): $10 
  • Ill Wind: Flashes: $35 
  • Impacts: Impact!: $15 
  • Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (first pressing): $50 
  • Jethro Tull: Benefit: $4 
  • Jethro Tull: Living In The Past (Early pressing): $15 
  • Jethro Tull: Stand Up (early pressing, cutout): $10 
  • Jethro Tull: Thick As A Brick: $15 
  • Jethro Tull: This Was (early pressing): $15 
  • Johnny Cash: Rockabilly Blues: $4 
  • Jørgen Ingmann: Apache: $4 
  • Kingsmen: Vol. 3: $6 
  • Larry Norman: Only Visiting This Planet: $5 
  • Larry Norman: Upon This Rock: $8 
  • Lazarus: Lazarus: $6 
  • Lene Lovich: Stateless (red vinyl): $15 
  • Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker- Bonanza – TV’s Original Cast ?– Ponderosa Party Time!: $5 
  • Mantan Moreland: Elsie’s Sportin’ House: $10 
  • Marketts: Out of Limits: $6 
  • Martin Denny: Paradise Moods: $5 
  • Martin Denny: The Versatile Martin Denny: $5 
  • Monkees: Headquarters (Mono): $4 
  • Monkees: More Of The Monkees: $4 
  • Monkees: Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (mono, sleeve stamped promo): $30 
  • Monkees: The Monkees: $4 
  • Nine Nine Nine: High Energy Plan: $5 
  • People: Both Sides Of People: $20 
  • Poly Styrene: Translucence: $7 
  • Ralph McTell: Not Till Tomorrow: $5 
  • Richard Lloyd: Alchemy: $4 
  • Richard Thompson: (guitar, vocal): $10 
  • Richard Thompson: Henry the Human Fly  (warped): $4 
  • Righteous Brothers: Just Once In My Life: $5 
  • Robert Mitchum: Calypso – Is Like So…: $10 
  • Rockpile: Seconds of Pleasure: $20 
  • Rolling Stones: Miss You b/w Faraway Eyes 12″ pink vinyl: $20 
  • Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request: $25 
  • Roxy Music: Jealous Guy b/w To Turn You On (12″): $9 
  • Roxy Music: Take A Chance With Me / The Main Thing – Dance Mix (12″): $8 
  • Roxy Music: The High Road: $8 
  • Salon Music: Muscle Daughter: $4 
  • Sandy Nelson: In Beat: $6 
  • Sandy Nelson: Live in Las Vegas: $6 
  • Santo and Johnny: Come On In: $4 
  • Soundtrack: The Wild Angels: $3 
  • Steve Winwood/Traffic: Winwood: $5 
  • Suburbs: Dream Hog: $4 
  • Suburbs: Love Is the Law: $4 
  • Suburbs: Suburbs: $3 
  • Taxi Driver: Original Soundtrack Recording: $20 
  • The 13th Floor Elevators: The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (original pressing, disk only — no cover): $150 
  • The A-Bones: Tempo Tantrum: $8 
  • The Earls: Remember Me Baby: $10 
  • The Godz: The Godz: $4 
  • The New Dimensions: Deuces And Eights: $15 
  • The Sanborn Singers: A Bright New World (sealed): $10 
  • The Suburbs: Credit In Heaven: $15 
  • The Who: Live At Leads (original sleeve, includes 11 inserts but no Magnum poster): $25 
  • Thor: Let The Blood Run Red (12” 45, red vinyl): $8 
  • Tiny Hill: Golden Hits (autographed): $6 
  • Tito Puente And His Orchestra: Mambos Arr. By Tito Puente and His Orchestra (10″ 33 rpm): $15 
  • Traffic: Traffic: $4 
  • Troggs: The Vintage Years: $8 
  • Uncle Floyd: The Uncle Floyd Show Album: $15 
  • Various: Beserkley Chartbusters: $4 
  • Various: Guillotine (punk 10″): $5 
  • Various: Live at CBGB’s: $8 
  • Various: Live Stiffs: $6 
  • Various: Teensville: $6 
  • Various: Treasure Tunes From the Vault (WLS): $4 
  • Various: Wanna Buy A Bridge?: $8 
  • Vogues: Five O’Clock World: $5 
  • Was Not Was: Out Come the Freaks 12″ single: $6 
  • Wreckless Eric: The Whole Wide World (U.S. LP): $10 

R&B/Blues/Soul

  • 4 Vagabonds: Yesterday’s Memories (Relic): $4 
  • Bobby Day: The Best Of: $7 
  • Cab Calloway: Minnie the Moocher disco version: $4 
  • Casanovas: Sing (Relic): $4 
  • Cellos: Rang Tang Ding Dong (Relic): $6 
  • Crystals: The Crystals Sing Their Greatest Hits: $4 
  • Dionne Warwick: From Within: $4 
  • Dionne Warwick: Original Soul of Dionne Warwick: $6 
  • Dominoes: Vol. 4: $4 
  • Elmore James: Last Session: $7 
  • Equerita: Esquerita!: $6 
  • Falcons: Soul of the Falcons (Relic): $6 
  • Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers: The Teenagers: $6 
  • Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove (with EP): $20 
  • Isaac Hayes & Dionne Warwick: A Man And A Woman: $4 
  • Isaac Hayes: Black Moses: $2 
  • Isaac Hayes: Black Moses: $12 
  • Isaac Hayes: The Isaac Hayes Movement: $4 
  • Isaac Hayes: To Be Continued: $10 
  • Isaac Hayes: To Be Continued: $10 
  • Jackie Davis: Tiger On The Hammond: $7 
  • Jackie Ross: Full Bloom: $10 
  • Keynotes: In The Evening (Relic): $6 
  • Larks: When I Leave These Prison Walls (Relic): $12 
  • Leadbelly: Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs: $9 
  • Leadbelly: Library of Congress Recordings (3 disks): $12 
  • Leadbelly: The Legend Of Leadbelly: $5 
  • Martin Bogan & Armstrong: Martin Bogan & Armstrong: $5 
  • McFadden & Whitehead: McFadden & Whitehead: $5 
  • Mighty Sparrow: Sweeter Than Ever: $4 
  • Music From Lil Brown: Music From Lil Brown: $40 
  • Otis Spann: Otis Spann Is The Blues: $6 
  • Otis Williams and His Charms: 16 Hits: $6 
  • Persuasions: Acappella: $4 
  • Persuasions: Chirping’: $4 
  • Phil Spector’s Christmas Album: $7 
  • Phil Spector’s Greatest Hits: $10 
  • Prof. Longhair: Prof. Longhair: $20 
  • Relic Records: Acappella Audition Album: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 42: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 44: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 45: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 46: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 47: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 48: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 49: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 50: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 51: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 52: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 53: $6 
  • Relic Records: Golden Groups 8: $6 
  • Relic Records: The Detroit Girl Groups: $6 
  • Rev. S.J. Worell ‘steamboat Bill’ / Black Billy Sunday: Complete Recordings 1926-1931: $6 
  • Robert Wilkins: Complete Recordings In Chronological Order – 1928-35: $8 
  • Sheppards: The Sheppards: $4 
  • Various: R&B Laff Blasts From The Past: $4 
  • Vocaltones: Our Version of Love: $8 
  • Willie Dynamite (soundtrack): $15 

Soundtrack

  • Hugo Montenegro: Original Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: $20 
  • Lalo Schifrin: Music From Mission: Impossible: $20 
  • Original soundtrack: 77 Sunset Strip (Music From This Year’s Most Popular New TV Show): $10 
  • Riot On Sunset Strip (Soundtrack): $12 
  • Soundtrack: La Guerre Est Finie: $25 
  • Soundtrack: Music From Jack Webb’s Pete Kelly’s Blues: $10 
  • Soundtrack: Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (with comic, sealed but some water damage): $40 
  • Soundtrack: The Alamo: $5 
  • Soundtrack: Too Much Too Soon: $15 
  • Stanley Wilson: The Music From “M Squad”: $6 
  • Steve Allen: A Man Called Dagger (Soundtrack): $10 
  • Steve Allen: A Man Called Dagger soundtrack: $10 
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E And Other TV Themes: Milton DeLugg And His Orchestra: $5 
  • Various: Golden Moments From The Silver Screen: $4 
  • Various: Savage Streets – Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (still sealed, cut out): $12 
  • Warner Brothers: 50 Years of Film Music Box Set: $10 
  • Wild in the Streets (Soundtrack): $20 
  • Wild Wild Winter: $4 

Classical

  • Edgar Varese: The Varese Album: $8 
  • State Academic Russian Choir of the Soviet Union: Russian Songs: $6 
  • Sviatsoslav Richter: Pictures at an Exhibition: $10 
  • Various Artists: Chinese instrumental music (Art-Tune Records, Hong Kong, COL-3200, circa 1984): $10 
  • Various Artists: River Water, Erhu Solos (Chinese music, Art-Tune company): $5 

Country & Rockabilly

  • Bob Wills: Golden Era: $6 
  • Collins Kids: Introducing Larry and Lorrie: $20 
  • Elvis Presley: A Date With Elvis: $10 
  • Ernest Tubb: All Time Hits: $4 
  • Hank Snow: When Tragedy Struck: $4 
  • Hayden Thompson: Rockabilly Guy: $5 
  • Helen and Billy Scott: Songs You’ve Requested: $5 
  • Homer and Jethro: At The Country Club: $6 
  • Jack Scott: Burning Bridges: $20 
  • Jimmie Driftwood: The Wilderness Road: $10 
  • Johnny Bond: Sick, Sober and Sorry: $4 
  • Johnny Bond: The Branded Stock: $10 
  • Johnny Burnette: Dreamin’: $10 
  • Johnny Cash: Rockabilly Blues: $4 
  • Kenny Roberts: Country Music Singing Sensation: $4 
  • Maddox Brothers & Rose: On the Air Vol. 2: $4 
  • Maddox Brothers and Rose: A Collection Of Standard Sacred Songs: $4 
  • Patsy Montana: The Cowboy’s Sweetheart: $8 
  • Ray Scott: Real Memphis Sound: $10 
  • Stanley Brothers: Mountain Song Favorites: $5 
  • The Sparkletones: The Sparkletones: $8 
  • Various Artists: You Must Have That Pure Religion: $4 
  • Various: 20 Great Rockabilly Hits: $5 
  • Various: Hot Boppin’ Girls Vol. 5: $6 
  • Various: Huggy Boy’s Favorite Oldies From Caddy Records: $4 
  • Various: Jive Jive Jive: $5 
  • Various: Jolie Blonde Rocks ‘n’ Rolls: $4 
  • Various: King Federal Rockabillies: $5 
  • Various: Let’s Flat Get It: $4 
  • Various: Mar-Vel Masters Volume 4 (autographed): $12 
  • Various: Sixty Years of the Grand Ole Opry: $10 
  • Various: Starday-Dixie Rockabillys: $8 
  • Willis Brothers: Give Me 40 Acres: $10 

Folk

  • Cisco Houston: I Ain’t Got No Home: $4 
  • Cisco Houston: Sings American Folk Songs: $9 
  • Cisco Houston: Sings Songs Of The Open Road: $8 
  • Jean Ritchie: Clear Waters Remembered: $6 
  • Pete Seeger & Chorus / The Almanac Singers: The Original Talking Union: $7 
  • Pete Seeger: American Favorite Ballads, Volume 2: $4 
  • Pete Seeger: John Henry And Other Folk Favorites: $5 
  • Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger At The Village Gate, Vol. 2: $12 
  • The Weavers: At Carnegie Hall (1970 reissue): $10 
  • Various: A Tribute To Woody Guthrie Part One: $8 
  • Various: Lonesome Valley (10″, Guthrie, Seeger, Houston, etc.): $6 
  • Various: The Greatest Songs Of Woody Guthrie: $7 
  • Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads (blue label): $15 
  • Woody Guthrie: Immortal Woody Guthrie: $6 
  • Woody Guthrie: Library Of Congress Recordings: $15 
  • Woody Guthrie: The Early Years: $7 
  • Woody Guthrie: The Legendary Woody Guthrie In Memoriam: $7 

Jazz

  • Dakota Staton: Dynamic: $5 
  • Hoagy Carmichael: Star Dust: $5 
  • Jimmy Lunceford: Harlem Shout: $5 
  • Maurice Chevalier: This is Maurice Chevalier: $4 
  • Nat King Cole: Tell me all about yourself: $10 
  • Nat King Cole: Where did everyone go?: $10 
  • Various: The Bebop Singers: $5 

Outsider Art: Chicago We Own It

The big Chicago Calling show at Intuit, curated by Lisa Stone and Ken Burkhart, features 10 important artists, most of them canonical in the outsider art world. I got to curate a small annex exhibit, Chicago We Own It, that explicitly looks outside the canon and at how this kind of art has been collected in Chicago.

To say there is a uniquely Chicago school of collecting may be an overstatement, but there does seem to be a Chicago style of collecting, characterized by an acquisitive eye and a hunger to spot creativity wherever and however it turns up, no matter how unlikely the setting and without much regard to anxieties about aesthetic categories or theories.

Maxwell Street Market, 1988
Maxwell Street Market, 1988

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Farewell Joe Markevicius

Joe Markevicius, Riverview

I learned today of the death of Joe Markevicius, one of my favorite artists. Joe was a “soutsider” artist, a graduate of Gage Park High School and a wizard with pastels. I always thought there was a sadness to Joe at least partly reflected in his choice of subject — mostly Chicago places that had disappeared or were in the process of disappearing.
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Harvey Ford: Objects of Beautyness



Harvey Ford was a prolific producer of drawings when he was in the art program at Joliet’s Stateville Penitentiary, but he also made some impressive sculptures, mostly ceramic, and at least a few papier-mâché. The colors and shapes are more than a match for the intensity of his drawings, many of which he made with burnt matches.

Although prison art programs produce a lot of material that is of little interest beyond the cellblock walls, the Stateville program, as its output makes evident, encouraged artists to follow their own creative direction. Ford was a true visionary and a case study in the potential of institutions to unlock amazing creative talent.

“You never quit looking. You sit there, look at a blank piece of paper, take a photo of your mind and wait for your hands” to go to work, he told me in 1992.

The result, he explained, is “something in a different dimension.
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My Last Days Of Vinyl

Angelic Gospel Singers, James Brown
This week I completed my decade-long record-digitization project, having ripped around 675 vinyl LPs, 150 78s and 1,100-plus 45s.

First record ripped, on Dec. 8, 2007: a 78 rpm disk of Milky White Way / Bread of Heaven by the Angelic Gospel Singers, followed by I Can’t Stand Myself When You Touch Me and several other vintage James Brown albums. Last record ripped, on May 19, 2018: A 7-inch record with uplifting public service announcements for young people from the Wayout project, circa 1980s. Immediately before that: three square-dance records complete with calls. I didn’t exactly save the best for last.

The process has given me a chance to revisit records I hadn’t touched in years, and some — especially 45s — I had never heard. There were many great discoveries among the old soul and R&B records I used to acquire by the stack at thrift stores and flea markets. Lots of obscure (and, it turns out, often valuable) Chicago soul recordings.

612 thrift-store-bound 45s612 thrift-store-bound 45s

Now it’s all about disposal. These are the 612 45s that are Howard Brown thrift store bound. I have eBay aspirations for another 500 or so 45s. The thrift store records are fine musically, just not worth enough to bother selling. Of course there are still several boxes of LPs to be sold, and a few dozen 78s. So not totally finished with the vinyl/shellac.

Pop-Up Art Sale At Intuit: Folk, Outsider, Tribal, Etc.

I’m joining with several other collectors for a two-day art sale Friday April 20 (5-8) and Saturday April 21 (11-5) at Intuit, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. The emphasis will be self-taught, folk and outsider art, but there will also be African masks, textiles, kitsch items, contemporary art and other interesting things — lots of cool stuff at very good prices. You can see a flier below, and photos of some of the things I’m planning to bring. It should be a fun event, and We’ll be donating 10% of our proceeds to Intuit.

While you’re at Intuit, we’ve got two great exhibits — the fabulous Stephen Warde Anderson in the back room and five great Wisconsin artists in the front. Plus upstairs will be the very popular Closet Clearance Sale offering new, vintage and gently-used clothing and accessories (more information at http://www.art.org/closet-clearance-2018).

Review — Jim Shaw: The Hidden World

Jim Shaw: The Hidden World, edited by Marc-Olivier Wahler. Koenig Books, London, 512 pages, 2014. ISBN: 978-3863355845. Hardcover.

Jim Shaw’s collection of religious, political and cultural ephemera, published in 2014 as an exhibition catalog, makes for a great book, especially if your collecting interests align with Shaw’s, as mine not coincidentally do. Continue reading

Review — As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither

As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither, by Michelle White, with contributions by Lynne Adele, Brooke Davis Anderson, Haley Berkman, David Breslin, Víctor M. Espinosa, William Fagaly, Edward M. Gómez, Jo Farb Hernández, Lee Kogan, Colin Rhodes and Leslie Umberger. The Menil Collection, Houston, 112 pages, 114 color illustrations, 2016. ISBN: 9780300218411. Hardcover, $45.

As Essential as Dreams could easily have been another routine entry in a long line of vanity art projects-exhibits of personal collections, ideally at prestige museums, with catalogs just weighty enough to prove the collectors’ good taste and sound artistic investment.

That’s not to say the shows can’t be fun to visit and worthily eye-opening. Indeed, the collections they feature seem to be maturing in sophistication and depth, while the rising profile of scholars is helping equalize the intellectual and physical heft of their catalogs.

The 2013 Great and Mighty Things exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was a breakthrough show from a personal collection, and 2016’s Stephanie and John Smither show represents another gratifyingly substantial exhibit mounted by a highly-respected mainstream museum, Houston’s Menil Collection. Reports say the show was impressive in person, even if smaller than the Philadelphia blockbuster.
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Review — Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma

Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma, by Daniel Wojcik. University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, MS, 276 pages, 174 color illustrations, 2016. ISBN: 978-1496808066. Hardcover, $45

Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and TraumaCan we agree that the art still sometimes known as outsider is much more interesting than what to call it? It might seem a simple enough proposition, yet arguments over the label continue to distract from the art, even among those who consider the debate mostly fruitless.

Daniel Wojcik’s book is a case in point. When it’s good, it’s very good, providing sensitive, thoughful accounts of the art and its creators, with real insights into the psychological, cultural and practical dimensions of their art making. Wojcik does consume a few too many precious pages diving into decades-old polemics, however, recounting the traditional indictment that charges the O word with elitism, exclusion and marginalization. Continue reading