Genius Books Reviews

A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Colin A.
I managed to secure a hardback copy [29/300] which took a long time to arrive what with Covid and printing problems but the wait was worth it. In Australia TMQ boots weren't the easiest releases to find but I had a few and my fellow music lovers also had bought there choices so we had the catalog pretty well covered. but after reading the book I am finding out that not all was what we thought. Some low bastard had bootlegged the bootlegs.HA.HA. I have since bought another copy for my son who lik...
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
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Jonathan P.
Just received this beauty in the mail, which documents and tells the story of the legendary Trademark of Quality bootleg record label that thrived in California during the late 1960s through mid 1970s. It is grand and sumptuous, and loaded with full-color photos of TMQ/TMOQ's iconic titles and various pressings and editions. There's so much heretofore unknown information shared here within these pages, like a secret finally being told. The 300-print limited edition hardcover is sold out but the ...
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A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Peter D.
As an avid collector of these records going back to the late 60's this book is a great wander down memory lane. Also a nice catch-up to see what I may have missed out listening to over the years. Thanks all at Genius!!
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Gregory W.
As a college student very interested in the music evolving in the late sixties, it was great having several record stores in the University district to peruse on a regular basis. It must have been late sixties when I started noticing these interesting records with a pig stamped on the cover, with the caption of "Trademark of Quality" on them. A number of artists I was interested in began appearing on these records, with live performances or songs previously unavailable. The quality of some were...
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Kim L.
The book was a joy from start to finish. Detalied information about the individual Trade Mark of Quality releases as well as the fascinating story of this classic bootleg company. I started purchasing bootlegs in 1978 and the book sent me back to the joy of my first collecting years. I initially reacted to the price for a paperback book but when I saw the book this reservation evaporated instantly. The quality of the printing and the high-end paper makes this a value for money purchase. Highl...
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
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ron B.
So far, loving it. Good engaging storytelling, nice paper, excellent good quality photos and details. Good job! May need another for a friend who was a dealer in the 70s. Not sure if he knows about it yet.
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A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
John A.
I absolutely love this book. It tells a fascinating true-life story about the people and events behind the shadow world of early rock music bootleg records. I was riveted throughout. As well, the book is lavishly illustrated with color photos of every TMQ release, along with original tape reels, inserts, and other memorabilia. My only small quibble is that the book’s physical dimensions are a bit ungainly and difficult to hold while reading. But this is a small matter, considering the immense hi...
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Akira S.
I am Beatles fan / collector. This is great book. Tell us lot of secret of the TMOQ. Telling the story by Bob and Big Bob. Smoking Pig was founded by Ken.
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
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Brad R.
I've been waiting for this book all my life, I just didn't know it! Got my first TMQs at Record Paradise in Hollywood in November 1971 and I've been curious ever since. The book was incredibly well researched and I basically couldn't put it down 'til I finished it. Well done Sutherland & Sherrick and Genius Music Books for putting out an essential book on the secret history of rock!
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The Boy in the Presbytery: Paul Levey's brave battle to End the Silence
Robyn C.
It was just good to read the story although dreadful to hear how these children were treated and so frustrating that it kept going on, and the vain attempts to get help. It is great that it was finally all exposed but too late when you think of traumatized, helpless children and their ruined lives. Those priests are absolutely evil. I hope the book and all the exposure will help people not to trust so called celibate priests, bishops, cardinals, etc, and to listen to their children. It is my...
The Boy in the Presbytery: Paul Levey's brave battle to End the Silence
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WILLIAM M.
I love this book. The photos are excellent and the discography grids are so much fun to read. I have pulled out several of my vinyl records and listening while reading. Wow! Live'r Than You'll Ever Be was my first purchase in December 1969. Original version on Lurch Records. Still have it. Check out the new 2CD version from CD Museum Pb. Bill M
A Pig's Tale: Limited Signed Hardcover Collectors Edition - Worldwide Shipping Included
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Richard A.
A great resource for the TMQ collector! Great hardcover version signed by the authors. Make sure to download the Discography Grid sheets from the Genesis website. They are an additional $2/ea but very cool to add to each album. I was surprised to learn that Rolling Stones: Get Your Rocks Off, 6-11-72, wasn't an official TMQ release, apparently just distributed under the TMQ label.
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Live'r Than You'll Ever Be T-Shirt
Jack
Fantastic shirt. Nice quality cotton and the graphics are very well done. I bought this bootleg album back when it was first released, at a head shop in Lowell, Massachusetts. This shirt is a great celebration of the Greatest Group on Earth, the Rolling Stones. Thanks, Genius, for such a cool item!
Live'r Than You'll Ever Be T-Shirt
The Boy in the Presbytery: Paul Levey's brave battle to End the Silence
Steve J.
This book is very well written and a story that should be told, enjoyed the insight and found it hard to put down once I was into the meat of the story! A tragic tale that deserves to be publicly acknowledged, beautifully written by a very understanding and well versed author! Great read!!
The Boy in the Presbytery: Paul Levey's brave battle to End the Silence
Marc R.
Fantastic book! If you bought bootlegs in the seventies you would be aware of the pioneering Trade Mark Of Quality label. The sound would normally be very good and the vinyl would be housed in a sleeve with stunning artwork by William Stout. Now you can relive those halcyon days with this gorgeous book detailing all of the releases and the glorious artwork. You also get photos of the reels and stories accompanying the individual bootlegs. Even if you did not get bootlegs, you still need this ...
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Gerald B.
Wow! What a great story and resource. Someone has to make a movie about Trademark of Quality story. A lot of work went into this and a fascinating story it is. Great photos. I can't give it enough praise. Highly recommended!!!!
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Richard H.
What a well researched and detailed book. It is an amazing view into the history of the bootleg record industry. While I wish it were a hardcover, this book it a wealth of information on a subject that is purposely secretive and undocumented.
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Louann S.
This book is so very detailed and brings back so many memories for me as relates to my past history of collecting Beatles music and literature. Will be enjoying it for a long time to come. I give it an A+++++. Greg Sandel
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Phillip F.
This is an extremely great product for someone who grew up collecting some of these recorded masterpieces. Expertly researched, I sit and wonder why I sold these collector items. I just remember going to the back of the record stores in Maryland with my brothers and flipping through of some these LPs. Genius kept me informed throughout the process and very happy with the transaction.
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Mark S.
Well written book with great detail and information about an important subject to record collectors and music lovers alike. An important part of music history that no one wants to accept was part of the music scene in the 70s. Great read!!!!
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JOHN P.
Been buying bootlegs since the early 1970s. All vinyl back then. Mostly CDs and DVDs nowadays. This book is a great historical chronicle of the early days of bootleg records. It's well-written and has lots of cool photos. I highly recommend it to anyone who collects records and CDs, especially bootlegs. I thought I knew everything about bootlegs but found out I didn't. A really nice book.
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Mark W.
I am very interested and the book looks great, but I have not had time to dig in yet. I have some interesting Bootleg stories to tell myself, since I was a teenage bootlegger from Seattle woods worked in a shop that sold TOQ projects and engaged in some social Seattle shows ourselves. We were even busted by the FBI ! Let me know if you want to know more and maybe see pix
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Joseph R.
I was a collector of bootleg records in the 1980s. it was interesting to learn how bootlegs were bootlegged over and over by different people. a very interesting read on the background of how the first boots were produced good book get one...
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Matjaz K.
for longtime TMOQ collectro, this book is really a treat, enjoying reading it, taking out my boots and comparing versions i have with the loads of data and photos in the book. Congratulations to the authors for this essential publication
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Matthew F.
Super fast delivery! This book is amazing, I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever collected bootlegs. It is incredibly well researched, the stories are great, and the nots on the records and released exhaustive. I will be going back and reading through this book for a long time.
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Mark P.
I've been buying records for a long time and "A Pig's Tale" fills in a lot of gaps in the history and has a lot of fun stories. Lots of pictures and background stories of the boots! A good read that I can go chapter by chapter..
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John W.
Book was great. Filled with lots of info on the history of TMOQ. Didn't see the need to change the names since the real names of a couple of people are on the production sheets. Wasn't too hard to figure out who the Greek, the Chicken Killer and Chicken Killer's managers are since they pretty much give their identity away by the clues they give.
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Jim M.
When I heard about this I was able to get a signed copy immediately. I waited 10 months approximately and was not disappointed when it arrived. Very nice heavy stock and ink. Love looking at the pics and reading all this book has to tell. Do yourself a favor and grab the paperback if still available. This book is on par to Genisis Publishing out of the UK. No relation to Genius Book Publishing. But you have hit the nail on the head with this book! Buy one for yourself and extras for gifts!!!!
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Terry S.
I was not aware of the quantity of bootlegs there were - being from the east coast it is possible that most did not make it out here - I am very impressed with the information supplied and look forward to reading and sharing this book - my compliments to Ralphh and Harold for an outstanding work
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Diego M.
Great book! The quality of the paper is beautiful, as well as the photography and words on it. I would buy from these guys again in a heartbeat - worth every cent.
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Peter W.
An incredible resource and trip down memory lane! If you collected boots back when you'll love this, you'll find yourself pulling out the old boots you haven't listened to in years.
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Brad H.
Thank you for sending this survey. I absolutely love the book and am very pleased that you published it. My only suggestion is in reference to shipping. The book was enclosed in an envelope with no additional packing/wrap. This resulted in the book having a bent/torn cover. I would suggest shipping in a box or an envelope with additional packing (even if it means higher shipping cost to the buyer) so as to preserve the book through the delivery process. Thanks, Brad Hicks Clearwater, Florida
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Yves S.
This is such a great book! It's invaluable to have the information and matrix numbers for each release all in one place. Of course all of the original TMOQ releases have been "bootlegged" ad nauseam and this makes it so much easier to identify the originals. The best part of this book are the stories behind the important releases and the history. I was completely engrossed and read through it all in one day. The people behind this book spent a lot of time compiling it, and did an incredible ...
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RAYMOND M.
If your a certain age, and came through the seventies listening to Rock music and going to concerts. you'll have probably searched out these under the counter goodies known as ' Bootlegs ' if you were a fan of a certain band, getting hold of a live recording especially if there wasn't an official live album available. This book lets you in on how the Bootleg market came about in the early seventies, and mainly the label that started it all off (TMOQ) Trade Mark Of Quality. I personally found it ...
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Kim P.
Excellent information, however there's quite a bit of repetition in the text. It reads like the chapters were written with many months in-between, so that when writing resumed, there was no recall of having already included various details, so they pop back up again as though being shared for the first time. Other than that - fantastic! The downloads link at the end was also a nice bonus.
A Pig's Tale - Open Edition
Arthur A.
Very well written book with entertaining stories that made it hard to put down. Detailed accounts of how it all went down and what it took to record and reproduce those live shows onto wax to distribute as part of the TMOQ catalog. Took me back to those days as I was in the same building when some of those classic concerts with the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who and Jethro Tull were captured to tape. It always felt like finding buried treasure when you happened upon a bootleg record in...
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Elizabeth K.
Wow. I know evil exists and this book told the gruesome tale of a detective's memorable cases. To shrug this off and say that could never happen in your backyard, think again. The most eye opening statistic is that at any one point, we could have passed a serial killer and not know it. This is a must read.
Evil Desire: Recollections of a Sex Crimes Detective
Jenny M.
It gave me a greater understanding of what actually has happened within the church’s and their heads. I really feel for all the people who have been affected by these terrible events.
The Boy in the Presbytery: Paul Levey's brave battle to End the Silence
Paul W.
Two views. I absolutely love the book and all the details and hard work that went into it. It was obviously a labor of love. The photos of every release [or certainly 99% of them] along with the great story line explaining it all get a "10". Nothing I can think of was left out. But I must agree with some others who feel that $75. is to much for a paperback book. I'm sure it wasn't cheap to print but it doesn't fall into my category of value for the money. Also, I would have liked to seen...
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Kristina M.
I learned a lot about rape kits that I had no idea about. I hope that by bringing attention to this we can change the lives of countless victims. Thank you for writing such an amazing book!
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