- Page Count: 128
- Size: 9 x 9 inches
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: June 2011
- Price: 19.95
- ISBN: 978-1-935613-25-1
Celebrity Vinyl is one man’s hilarious mission to catalog the embarrassing albums by TV stars, sports heroes, and other media icons fooled into thinking that a sideline gig as a singer was a good idea. The book features images of more than one hundred albums, and author Tom Hamling’s accompanying commentary uses snark for good: half the proceeds will go to his favorite non-profit organization, 826LA.
Like trying to look away from a train-wreck, it’s impossible to stop reading Celebrity Vinyl. Burt Reynolds’s chest hair featured on the cover of Ask Me What I Am makes you wonder, “What could be worse?” The answer: A Christmas Album by the New York Islanders. Spanning thirty-three years, the number of celebrities and pseudo-celebrities in Hamling’s collection that have indulged such hubris boggles the mind: Bruce Willis, Alyssa Milano, Shaquille O’Neal, and John Travolta are just a few.
Mark Batty Publisher and Tom Hamling are pleased to donate half of the proceeds from Celebrity Vinyl to 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Tom Hamling is an award-winning advertising creative director whose client list includes adidas, Heineken, Got Milk?, and LEGO. In addition to owning the world’s best collection of awful celebrity-based music, he is known, in some circles, to do a pretty decent squirrel call. He lives and works in Los Angeles.