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The Sounds Of 1960's Teenage America, as captured within my book, TeenBeat Mayhem! Here you'll find all the latest news and updates on the book, plus examples of how it has evolved during the course of 20 years of work! And, a cool 45 or two as well, ti

Updated: 2018-03-06T16:20:36.732-05:00




Wow, where does the time go?

It's already October - I certainly did not plan to be away from the blog for such a long absence. Things have been quite busy at Priceless Info Press, running your own business sure does require long days.  TeenBeat Mayhem! is selling well; thanks to everyone who has placed an order.

The typo / corrections will be posted here shortly. I want to make sure no more crop up before listing the handful of changes.  Everyone can make their own corrections by pen in their books.  Those who bought recently (the past three weeks or so) have the most updated corrections.  For those who purchased the book during the summer, the changes found since then will require you to make your own corrections.

The duplicated label scan for the Denims "White Ship" appears as #741 in the Top 1000 label scans.  I've printed out a color label sticker for the correct label "I'm Your Man" by the Denims, which I have been placing over the incorrect scan for recently purchased copies of the book.  If you would like one, please contact me here with your mailing address, and I"ll send a sticker for you to affix in your book:

Just put "label scan" as the subject in the e-mail.  I'll mail one off promptly!

In other TeenBeat Mayhem! related news, I will be a guest on Bill Kelly's long running "Teenage Wasteland" radio show on WFMU this upcoming Sunday, October 14th, at 3PM.  I'll be spinning some cool 45s as featured in the book, along with some new garage 45 discoveries that didn't make it into the book. Plus, I'll be giving away a free copy of the book or two to lucky listeners.  Bill and I will plan out the show beforehand, I'm sure we will just open up the phone lines to call in and win.  so if you'd like a shot at a free copy of TeenBeat Mayhem!, be sure to listen in - you can listen in at:



Thanks to everyone who has placed an order through my website - purchases available by mail order (check, money order) or by paypal via the Ugly Things Magazine webstore.  I've been quite busy this past week.  Needless to say, I have not had time to really do anything else, the tending of this blog included.

Sorry that the TeenBeat Mayhem Spins have not been updated in a while.  I do have the next batch ready to go, I just need to find some time to update the text template.

Soon, I will begin listing some oversight errors which appear in TeenBeat Mayhem!  Despite having several sets of eyes proofing the text over the years, some letter /spelling gremlins still managed to elude everyone.  I am hand-correcting every copy which leaves my door - purchasers will note the small paper of offset printer resulting errors affixed to the first page in the book.  Also, inside the discography, I hand-corrected a few print oversights.  This takes time prior to processing each order, but I wanted to fix those before the books hit the streets.

Other than that, I do hope everyone is enjoying the book.  There is a lot of information, a lot to discuss, banter about...and another book eventually forthcoming from priceless info press!



Thanks to everyone who sent payment for a pre-order (you were invited to do so if you are a member of the G45 forum, or one of my personal friends).  Everyone should receive their copies of the book by early next week, as I am a 1-man operation.

Now, here is the information for everyone else 'round the globe who wants to order:

I know you are eager to buy a copy, but 90% of you want to pay with paypal. I myself cannot take paypal on my website, due to their new policy of holding money for 90 days or more for "new" sellers, or new sellers with a lot of activity (payments).
 So, I have worked out a sale deal with another website - the link on my ordering page will be noted for all who want to pay by paypal, and the link will send you to that webstore - one most of you should already be familiar with ( a stellar reputation, so no worries).  In order to have paypal work properly, the shopping cart on his webpage must be configured for sales of TeenBeat Mayhem, with exact shipping charges.  I had no idea of exact weights for overseas shipping parcels until a few days ago, when the books arrived , and I could then test different packaging methods.  I want your books to arrive in the same, perfect condition as they are when I ship them out!

The ordering page has been configured, all set to take orders now!!



Today, I received the very first copy of TeenBeat Mayhem!, directly from the book manufacturer.
It looks fantastic!  

I'll present a more "display appropriate" photograph shortly once I stage an appropriate shot.  So much to do between now, and when the full shipment of books arrive - 6 skids worth.
I will make an official announcement as soon as the books arrive as to how everyone may order a copy of the book. 
Just so you know beforehand: TeenBeat Mayhem! can only be purchased directly from me.  There are no copies going to wholesale outlets like Amazon, no distributors are reselling the book, no kindle or e-reader downloads - you gotta get this book the old fashioned way - by direct purchase! 
The book will be available for purchase via my own publishing company.



The Making of TeenBeat Mayhem!, Part IIIWhen the going gets insane, the insane get going....I still recall the phone conversation I had with Mike J. back in 1998, then the project leader for Rhino Records' Nuggets four CD box set.  I was hired in the closing seconds to double check and correct information regarding the songs selected for the set and Mike had inquired about my book.  He urged me to whip up a quickie reference credit so that people would be aware of my forthcoming project. As I did not have a clue when I would be done, let alone have a catchy subtitle for the book, I just fired off some lame cliché, so that it would be listed within the credits and references.  You can check out the credit for yourself and read the foolish stereotypical subtitle! To this day, people often ask me about my book "that came out in 1999", thanks to the mention within the Nuggets box set booklet.  Ha.Yeah, I lost my "get the book done by 2000 or you lose" wager with Don Julio Blanco, who seemingly vanished to a faraway isle retreat to escape the millennium bru-ha. Despite this loss, I was still plugging away at that point in time. Although, to the best of my recollection, I thought that I had 90% of the book completed.  All that was required were some travels to meet new contacts who collected garage 45s, so that I could shoe-horn in any 45s not already documented, along with another last minute trek on down to the Library Of Congress.  I had no concept regarding the vast amount of work yet to be done. Whoever first proclaimed that well-known boast of “Anyone can write a book" obviously had never really tried to do so.What I didn't know at that time: Popular Culture Ink was on the verge of financial collapse.  To my thinking, they were the only game in town regarding a fitting publisher for TeenBeat Mayhem.  Any other publisher would have expediently rejected any notion of publishing my book, for the topic was too arcane, the potential audience too narrow, etc.  It didn't matter that there was no other book of this type out there in book-ville, let alone anyone else trying to do something beyond that of a Xeroxed / photocopied booklet collated, printed and stapled together in a limited quantity.  Thus, Pop Culture Ink truly was my only hope.  I soon learned unpleasant news from another author who had one of his works issued by the imprint. He stated that I would be making a serious mistake in signing a deal.  I won't go into specifics; let's just say that there were many problems that ensued with said author's book. Anyway, it didn’t matter, for Popular Culture Ink was nearly defunct.Not knowing where to go next, I downshifted the information compiling stage into low gear, and figured that I would simply teach myself design techniques for the layout in the book.  This way, I could have the complete package ready to showcase to a potential investor or small press outlet. Maybe I would be able to learn Pagemaker in a year, so that I could do everything myself.  I bought several instruction books....Ha – Wrong.  Even the massive time involved to scan the 45 record labels did not translate to smooth sailing.  I initially received "free" scanning instruction via a former co-worker who handled graphics as part of his daily work duties. He suggested that I hire someone to do the scans.  No way -  I was not loaning my records to strangers, or friends. No sir. "I'll just do it myself", I vowed.  Fortified with a bit of know-how, I went out and bought a $500 top of the line flatbed scanner (which is still working, in molasses dripping slow-motion mode to this day) and finagled a way to purchase Photoshop.  Thus, I began the l long process of scanning 45 labels. I planned to have small sized record label scans throughout the book, which, at that time, was just going to be a listing of the collectible 45s known and tagged [...]



The Making Of TeenBeat Mayhem!  (Part Two):  The world of music copyrightsPeople frequently inquire as to how I conduct my research, and the methodology for doing so.  I won't divulge my methods, secrets, etc., but I thought it would make for an interesting read if I discussed the copyright registration process as related to the construction of TeenBeat Mayhem!  While the world celebrated the arrival of the new millennium as the calendar flipped forward from 1999 to 2000, and waited to see if the prognosticators of doom would have their prophecies of technological meltdown verified, I was totally occupied with preparations to embark upon yet another trip to Washington, DC. No time for holiday period celebration, for I had a pile of copyright registrations to investigate in the hallowed archival stacks within the Library Of Congress.  It's hard for me to convey to someone just how mesmerized and "into it" I get whenever research is involved down at the LOC, as I shall abbreviate via acronym from here on in. If I could conduct this activity all day, I would gladly do so.  I had made at least two trips to the LOC per year, and after the dawn of the 2000 millennium trip, my visits would number once per year, if that - it all depended upon the amount of registrations I had accumulated from my source trawls to a given point in time.  But,  let me backtrack a bit, and reveal how I came to unlock the mysteries of copyright....During the course of my summer, 1994 road trips, I met a Pennsylvaniarecord collector and researcher for the first time.  Mike K. (who authored both editions of "Sounds From The Woods: Pennsylvania Rock Bands On Record") stated he resides in the "woods of PA", and he isn't kidding.  When we turned off the main state route and  onto back roads over hills and dales, woods indeed defined our scenic panoramic view, interspersed by a farm, open fields and a microscopic town here and there, which is exactly the type of enclave where Mike resides.  A dirt road with a few houses led from the main road in town.  We pulled into Mike's driveway (Steve and myself), and after introductions, he brought us across his vast yard and into his refurbished barn, which housed the bulk of his record collection.  I came across 45s I had not known or seen before during my documentation trawl, as we exchanged teenbeat/garage 45 "swaps" on cassette.  When it was time to depart, I figured I wouldn't run into Mike again anytime soon.  Mike mailed a packet of information on non-Pennsylvania teenbeat/garage 45s he had accumulated about one year later.  There were full names and dates for scores of garage 45 songtitles, each with a corresponding letter and number code.  These codes were copyright registrations Mike had stumbled across while criss-crossing the four corners of Pennsylvaniaresearching information for his own books.  I had not thought of checking copyright registrations up till that moment the packet arrived in the mail, but it was yet another Zen-like "WOW!" moment of revelation.  The proverbial map leading to the treasure chest of information which lay ahead had just fallen into my lap.  When I asked Mike if he ever considered attempting to look up these registration numbers at the Library Of Congress, he too became suddenly aware - in his mind, they were simply random codes, as he didn't realize one could actually "look up" the codes and examine the original registration certificates.  That is, until I mentioned the process.  We agreed to meet up at the LOC in Washington, DCthe week after Labor Day in September.  Now, researching the registration codes can be done for anyone who would rather not make the visit; the library fees & charges for the service are rather astronomical in today's time period.  Even in 1995, it cost something like $100 per hour[...]



Spins from TeenBeat Mayhem!

New 45s are ready 
Have a look, and enjoy:

TeenBeat Mayhem! Spins

Back in 2003/2004 (pre Youtube and ubiquitous "blogs are everywhere" period), I ran a weekly feature on the net where I would upload obscure 45s from my collection.  In those days, I still had an old, slow PC and a dial-up connection, so I was limited from the git-go, besides having so little time to update and continue my web page, called "MopTopSpins". I kept at it for almost 10 months, before abandoning the page in lieu of work required for the book.

Well, with the resurrection of my TeenBeat Mayhem! blog, I thought, "Why not bring the Spins on back?"  Yeah, it seems that most people would rather goof around with Youtube nowadays, but I know there are coolsters out in 'netville who kinda like the old fashioned method of viewing a web page, and downloading the songs.  So, TeenBeat Mayhem! Spins will feature 45s that are listed in the book itself, to be uploaded for all whenever I have some time to update. 

Spins From TeenBeat Mayhem! will not appear on this main blog area - you'll have to follow the link to load the page. The reason I'm operating this way is that I do not intend to keep the label scans and the mp3s up indefinitely - they will all be removed after a short period of time, a week or so.  In addition, the scans and the mp3s were created on the lower end of the quality scale in order to potentially thwart any theft/stealing for other's self-serving purposes.  Thus, if you are someone who expects dynamic, flac file quality coupled with 300 dpi label scans, well, expect to be disappointed.  Please excuse the "old school" design appearance of the Spins page - I simply don't have time to dust off and re-learn .css & xml code.  Besides, I had a template html coding still on the PC from 2004.  It's quick and easy, gets the job done. So, that's why the page has that look.  Well, I like it!



The cover and text proofs just arrived.

They look FANTASTIC.

Start the offset presses!

You guys are gonna be blown away just by the look and design.  Trust me.  



The Making Of TeenBeat Mayhem! (Part One)Hmm.... so, where do I start? The book provides some background on the rock & roll road I traversed, from discovering and collecting the hits and non hit 45s released during the 1960s as a 13 year old teenager in 1976, all the way to finally completing TeenBeat Mayhem! and getting into the eager hands of fellow fanatics worldwide.  I won't rehash the story here, however, I will go into some detail as to how the book evolved from an idea to a 400 page, hardcover reference behemoth over the course of 20 years....By 1981, I was already die-hard into the sounds of '60s garage.  I bought every compilation I could get my hands on, and a few years later, I slowly started buying the cheaper priced original label 45s ($30 and under) from other collectors and specialist record dealers, like Texans Doug Hanners and David Shutt.  I also met my pal Seve DiCo who also had lots of 60s garage tunes - he didn't spend time and money buying original 45s; most of his '60s garage song collection were on LP comps and on cassettes.  He had been buying dubs of cassette tapes via mail order from a guy who in turn bought the tapes originally created by legendary collector Hans Kesteloo, called "The Never Ending Trip".  I think there were at least 40 volumes produced.  Hans started making these tapes of 45s from his collection around 1978; even Greg Shaw took some songs off of Hans' tape series to use in the Pebbles series.  Here is a track listing from one of the volumes - most of these songs had not appeared on a garage comp yet (early '80s):In the spring of 1991, my health was giving me fits...different ailments, all unrelated, as my (then) physician would lecture to me.  "You're too young to have all of these aches and pains in your joints. Stop burning a candle at both ends.." blah blah blah.  Well, besides being an idiot, said young doctor was right - I was working two jobs, plus playing guitar in a rock & roll group.  Maybe I was wearing myself out.  The next several months found more profound aches and pains, to the point of practically becoming immobile by early September.  I finally got the correct diagnosis news from the 6th doctor I saw, and part of my recovery to regain mobility required lotsa downtime. No work, no band, nothing. Rest, lying flat out in a prone position.I thought: "What the heck am I gonna do for three weeks?  Why, spin my 45s!" I decided right then that since I'd be confined to home quarters for at least three weeks, I should start logging the details of my 45rpm 60s collection on 3 by 5 (inch) index cards for inventory and data purposes - all of those obscure, 1960s teenage member rock & roll combo 45s that everyone tags as garage 45s via today's vernacular.  It took around two months of daily scribing to get the cards annotated. I still have the couple thousand cards, stored in a huge cardboard box on a shelf in the closet.I had also been conversing with fellow '60s garage 45 collector compadres who were just as fanatical about the music as I, and one of my pals, an erudite young fella from Texas known as Don Julio Blanco tossed up an idea that I should get crackin' and author a reliable reference guide for the music we loved. I distinctly recall his comment: "Mike, YOU are the only guy insane enough to even consider tackling such a project."  DJB also cajoled me into a wager, challenging that I would not complete this as-yet untitled book anytime prior to reaching the year 2000.  I have since forgotten what the stakes were, since I lost...Two things were absolutes, meaning that I would keep steadfast to my methodology: I had to travel to visit other collectors, and paw thru their 45s, in order to document 45s that I did not have myself, or had not documented elsewhere[...]



TeenBeat Mayhem! status report:

We initially sent our completed pdf files to the book printer nearly two weeks ago, but the files were scrapped by the printer for pre-press / technical matters.  Thus, my go-to team and I went back to work, plowing through each pdf file to ensure the specs required for this project were spot-on to the book printer's suggestions and requirements.  It took some time, longer than I would have thought, but the TeenBeat Mayhem files are now on their way to the printer as of today.  I will receive the proof copy of the text, and a proof of the book cover sometime during this upcoming week.  Hurrah! 



TeenBeat Mayhem! is quickly approaching....

Ever since I began work on this project, people located all over the world have been asking questions, wondering WHEN will the book be ready...well, the LONG wait is just about over!
A reference bible, to be published by Priceless Info Press, for all things concerning the topic of a rock & roll sub-genre tagged as '60s Garage'

Playing in a rock & roll combo as a teenager during the '60s was the coolest fad around. Just ask anyone who was a teenager at that time.  A proper, accurate account of this era has finally arrived, a 20 years in the making project that will soon be available.  A hard cover edition, 400 pages chock full of information housed inside a cool, era-evocative high school yearbook design.  Nope, no flimsy soft-cover or hair-thin inner pages that will fall out after 20 minutes.  This is a book you can and will refer to, again and again.

The book commences, after kudos and tributes with a historical, time-line based recounting as things unfolded throughout the USA from then, right up to today. The chapter is sprinkled throughout with personal reflections and accounts as the story unfolds, from the folks who made it all happen.  All sourced from personal interviews and contacts I have made, dating back to the early 1980s, when I did so for fun and personal curiosity - long before the idea of a book came to be.

TeenBeat Mayhem's features:

A massive, 228 page detailed 45rpm discography from A to Z, with late additions following, noting relevant releases which have that 'then in-vogue, '60s teenbeat sound. The group location / home town is noted as verified, or unverified; each listed 45 includes the month and year of release; any noteworthy facts and relevant cross references are noted.  All this detail, coupled with our exclusive Garage-O-Meter rating system rankings, noting the song "quality, (i.e, how "good" it is from a fan and collector standpoint) from 1 on up to a perfect 10, as determined by consensus votes from a hand-picked record cabinet panel of contributors.  And if that isn't enough, each song title is tagged by song "descriptions", so that anyone can have an idea as to what each song sounds like via a style or resemblance to another performer/group/song;

A song title index listing well over 17,000 titles;

Cool photos of teen combos, nearly all never seen/ published elsewhere;

A methodology discussing the construction of the discography portion of the book;

Other nifty features, such as the first recorded '60s efforts on 45s from later day worldwide recording stars and performers, handy guides to help identify bootleg and reissue 45rpm "garage" pressings; worthy references and on-line resources, a chapter finally answering, in an accurate and logical manner, what the term "garage" really identifies...

And the visual showpiece:  The all-time, Top 1000 USA "Garage" songs, as tabulated from the Garage-O-Meter ranking votes are counted down from #1000 to #1 depicted not in a text listing, but via full color record label scans. Followed-up by several color pages of picture sleeves and jackets - 64 full color pages in all.

Latest news -The book is going to press mid June, 2012.  Yes, it is DONE!  More details to be noted soon.  Forthcoming blog posts will tell the story of how the entire project came to be, with early examples.  I hope the story of how TeenBeat Mayhem! has evolved through trial and error will be an enjoyable read for anyone who might be interested.