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Tucson, Arizona, United States
I work as Panther Peak Bindery and am a bookbinder, conservator and instructor working outside Tucson, Arizona for individual and institutional clients across the country. I am a two term President of the Guild of Book Workers, was a Fulbright Scholar, taught at North Bennet Street School for over nine years and was the fastest in my middle school class at running up and down a flight of stairs (really!).



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Book Fun

Several years ago I bought a book that had something to do with rock music.  It was a sewn, softcover binding so I bought it thinking it might be fun to do something with it.  Other than read it, of course.   

It was produced by, I think, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, probably the most disappointing place I've ever been to.  Really.

I hemmed and hawed over what to do but finally settled on doing something iconic.  For the front I modified a picture of Dave Davies and for the back a picture of Pete Townsend.  For editorial reasons, of course.  They are leather onlays, thin pieces of leather pasted over the cover leather.  I decided to stick with black and red, two perhaps too obvious choices but I really liked the red skin.

Here's the front:

Here's the back:

For the end bands I used zippers:

And, for the endpapers I scanned ticket stubs from concerts I've attended.  I challenge you to find how many Kinks stubs you can see.  I should add that I placed the Bob Marley stub prominently because it amazes people twenty years younger than me that I actually saw him at the Paramount.  It was an amazing experience for several reasons I don't have time for right now. 

I encourage you to also look at the prices.  What's funny is that I don't have any stubs from Bad Company (!), or Johnny Guitar Watson or other shows I remember so well.  But I did still have my stub from a show at the Whiskey in LA, hopefully I get some points for that.  I just won't tell you who I saw, I'd be deducted points for that.  

(Clicking the pictures enlarges them.)

I did another book about rock, that I bought at the same time.  I'll put that up later.  Probably.


  1. A nice, prominent Tower of Power stub, too. The cover is beautiful, and really, this is a perfect endpaper for the book. Nicely done!

  2. That's what I was going to say - and T of P was in Seattle this week! Beautiful work.

  3. Thanks to you both! Scanning those stubs and thinking about the shows was really fun. Karen, I did look T of P up on the web several months ago and was surprised that so many original members were back. Made me want to see them again.