A Pig’s Tale - Open Edition
A Pig’s Tale - Open Edition
A Pig’s Tale - Open Edition
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A Pig’s Tale
Softcover Open Edition


Get a copy of the open edition softcover book now!

  • A Pig’s Tale will ship by September 10, 2021
  • Complete Discography
  • Full Color
  • Rare and Never-Before Seen Images
  • 336 pages
  • Proudly published by Genius Music Books


A Pig’s Tale is only available from Genius Books.


Offset printed on 200gsm gloss coated paper, this book is simply beautiful.

A Pig’s Tale

The Underground Story of the Legendary Bootleg Record Label, Trade Mark of Quality

By Ralph Sutherland and Harold Sherrick
Featuring original album covers by William Stout
Album research by Steve Talia

In that hot summer of '69, two longhaired music freaks created an underground LP record album of unreleased tracks by one of their music gods and put it out on the streets of Los Angeles. No one had ever been crazy enough to do such an audacious thing before. The god's official record label was unamused but the music fans were thrilled. Were these guys pirates or heroes? It was so much fun the first time, they soon pressed even more records of forbidden musical fruit. They were on a roll. The following year, in 1970, one of the culprits put The Pig image in a circular logo with the name "Trade Mark of Quality." TMQ and Pigman were born!

With a cast of outrageous characters, here is the story of Trade Mark of Quality aka TMQ aka The Pig, the first bootleg record label of its kind, spawning many later imitators. From the end of the '60s to the mid '70s, TMQ and Pigman led the way, trotting down a muddy trail, feeding the habits and needs of music addicts around the world. Who were his fellow travelers? Carl? The Greek? Merlin? Hans? Rob Snout? Sheldon? The Big One? Ol' Fred? (Not to mention The Wise Guys, The Record Suits, and The Feds!) What was the connection between TMQ and the Viet Nam war, revolutionaries, guns, drugs, and the moon landing? It's all here!

Included in this special 50th anniversary edition is not only the Trade Mark of Quality and Pigman saga, but reproductions of all the rubber stamped and illustrated album jackets from every genuine TMQ record release, including the earliest releases from '69 right up to the last titles in 1976. Everything you ever wanted to know about the real TMQ label is here: a complete discography of artists and track listings, reproductions of the original album jackets, sources of recordings, catalog numbers, master tape and record matrix info, colored vinyl pressings, record labels, graphics, photos, vintage news clippings, articles, and more, all collected together, at last, in one volume.

A PIG'S TALE by Ralph Sutherland and Harold Sherrick, with their unique point of view, guides the reader through the never before told history of the Trade Mark of Quality bootleg record label. It's all here for the music lover and fan, the hardcore record collector, and the just plain curious.


(Pigman says, "Be cool, put some sounds on the turntable, and groove on with 'A Pig's Tale'!")

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Great White Wonder
Complete Discography Poster

If you’ve ever wanted to own the entire collection of Great White Wonder bootlegs (or at least photos of them), this is the best deal you’ll ever get.

  • All 16 LPs displayed in one place
  • Full Color
  • Original TMQ colorful LPs
  • 18x24 inches
  • Available Worldwide (Limits Apply)
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Live’r Than You’ll Ever Be
The Greatest Group on Earth T-Shirt

Own (and wear) a piece of Rock and Roll history.

  • Ash Gray, High Quality Shirt
  • Full Color Printing
  • Small to 5XL sizes available
  • Available Worldwide (Limits Apply)