I make blank books using repurposed and recycled paper and old LPs found at flea markets, yard sales and even in my own collection. This one was made from the Ray Charles album, ‘Tell The Truth,‘ a 16-track anthology of the Atlantic years, 1953-1959. In making books like this one, I always use both the front and back of the album, sometimes selecting special finishes or patterns for endpapers. I have made books from Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Sounds of Silence,’ Carole King’s ‘Tapestry,’ and even a K-Tel anthology circa 1970!
‘Tell The Truth’ is a concept I have taken to heart in writing and especially songwriting. Both of my favorite teachers, Rosanne Cash and Teddy Thompson, have started their songwriting classes with this overarching principle. So it was very fitting that I made this book for myself.
Which album cover would you like to see used for a blank book?