Published by Miss Lily's
Release Date: November 23, 2012
Format: 50 pages, Softcover, 7.25" X 7.25"
Miss Lily's second published release, Middles, Centers, Spiders, & Inserts: 45 Adapters from the Collection of Jules Gayton, catalogs the seminal Downtown New York City Disc Jockey's personal amassment of these endangered (and once commonplace) artifacts that came to prominence during the heyday of the jukebox and the 45 rpm single. This catalog showcases Gayton's collection, which went from a small collection of middles housed in a shoebox, to near-extinct collectibles symbolizing a special piece of history that would soon cease to exist. As the music world began transitioning from vinyl to CD in the late 80s, Gayton kept his hobby of collecting 45 inserts alive while deejaying at bars and clubs throughout NYC. Regarding the object's perfect marriage of design and function, Gayton says, "Some were a simple round piece of metal that snapped together. They all did the same thing. They enabled the music to be played and enjoyed."
Middles, Centers, Spiders & Inserts was printed in a limited edition of 1000 and features a foreword written by DJ and music academic Carter Van Pelt of Columbia University's WKCR radio station. The 50 page book contains photographs of some of Gayton's most-prized adapters and a personal essay written by the DJ, detailing the genesis of his love affair with vinyl and, more specifically, 7 inch 45rpm singles.
To commemorate the release of this book, Gayton and Miss Lily's have partnered with fashion line Stussy to produce a limited edition run of t-shirts featuring artwork from the book. The shirts will be sold exclusively at Miss Lily's Variety and select Stussy locations.