When asked about individual artists, however, Major gently deflects. "It's really more about the people who made the records than the records themselves," he says. "There will be some records that are acknowledged, like the Shaggs, as classic. But there will be other broken-down lounge bands that aren't astonishing musically, but they do carry the character of the people involved. So the book is not so much a guide to what you're going to like amongst all these records. You will have your own style which you gravitate towards. It's giving equal status to everyone in the book. It's about what they're doing and about their struggle to get their music out there. And it's also about getting to the bottom of why people think they're great now." Indeed, Enjoy the Experience's editors recently presented an album-cover exhibition in New York City, which, by all accounts, was well-attended and enthusiastically received.

Enjoy The Experience is by no means the final word on private pressings. Even as the best-known titles exchange hands for four-digit sums, the very nature of these obscure recordings suggests that the next Shaggs or Lucia Pamela is potentially one flea market, estate sale or Savers trip away from discovery. For Major, however, his next project is to listen to every record in the book that he hasn't already heard. "I'm going through a process of isolating the goodness," he says. "I'm about to start playing every single one of them, which will be a long project."

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