New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2015. Item #04201
A Nobel Prize Winner - Specially Bound by James Brockman
BROCKMAN, James, binder. DYLAN, Bob. MARGOTIN, Philippe & GUESDON, Jean-Michel. Bob Dylan: All the Songs. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, .
First edition. Quarto (10 5/8 x 8 1/8 inches; 270 x 207 mm.). 703,  pp. Profusely illustrated throughout in color and black & white.
A truly innovative and amazing binding by James Brockman completed in 2017. Full black goatskin over laminated cushioned boards. Front cover scalloped and elaborately tooled with guitars in gold and palladium leaf and lettered in gold and palladium "The Times/They Are/A-Changin'". The scalloped top edge with 'hair' on-lays creating the profile of a young Bob Dylan. The rear cover scalloped with a blue denim shirt with three buttons and lettered in gold and palladium "All/The/Songs". Smooth spine lettered with "Bob" in gold and "Dylan" inlaid with five pieces of red morocco. Lower part of spine a single palladium 'dot' . There are six lines of inlaid purple morocco that go all the way round the front cover, spine and rear cover. Japanese paper doublures with sunken gold paper and pieces of vinyl records, matching Japanese paper end-leaves, all edges gilt and gauffered in the style of a guitar fretboard with palladium circles representing the position markers. Housed in a black velvet-lined clamshell case with sculptured pads to fit binding and two recessed black morocco labels, lettered in gilt.
Included is a specially made black buckram over boards 'Fine Binding Lectern' which allows the binding to be displayed in all its glory.
Bound-in at the end is James Brockman's Binder's Note which reads:
"BOB DYLAN - ALL THE SONGS
The profile is tooled with two specially made finishing tools - one in the shape of an acoustic guitar (used for the gold tooling) and the other in the shape of an electric guitar (the palladium tooling). The gauffered edges and the purple goat on-lays represent guitar strings. Both the T-shirt with denim shirt and the profile illustrate Bob Dylan from the 1960s. The lyric tooled on the front is one of his most famous and seems particularly appropriate for the unpredictable times in which we find ourselves at present. The doublures suggest gold records with fragments of vinyl echoing the shape of the covers.
Book collated, separated into gatherings and over-sewn; Japanese paper end-papers added; book sewn on five linen tapes; edges gilt and gauffered; spine glued and shaped; laminated cushioned boards laced on; coloured double end-bands sewn on; spine lined with cotton and paper hollow; book covered with full black goatskin; design tooled in gold and palladium leaf; calf, goatskin, fabric and hair on-lays; Japanese paper doublures with sunken gold paper and pieces of vinyl records. Velvet lined buckram box with sculptured pads to fit binding and recessed letting labels.
[signed] James Brockman
8th January 2017."
The Brockman Bindery, founded by James Brockman in 1976 and now co-run with his son Stuart, has developed into a highly specialized hand craft bindery working primarily on modern Fine Bindings and the conservation and fine restoration of manuscripts and printed books.
The emphasis is always on maintaining the highest possible standards, there is no compromise of quality on any work. The bindery consists of a small team of highly skilled craftsmen, all dedicated to the sympathetic and appropriate treatment of books. The Bindery uses the very latest techniques, mostly developed in-house, for everything from the attachment of book boards to the flattening of vellum manuscript leaves.
James Brockman: Born in Oxford 1946. James apprenticed as a Finisher for six years at Blackwells Bindery in Oxford and then studied under Ivor Robinson for four years. From 1968 -1973 he worked as an assistant to Sydney Cockerell in Cambridge. In 1973 James started the Eddington Bindery for The Lord and Lady Fermoy, and managed it until 1976 when he set up his own bindery in Oxford. From 1982-1983 he was the University of Wales Arts Fellow at The Gregynog Press and Bindery. From 1985-87 he was the President of Designer Bookbinders and then 2001-05 he was President of The Society of Bookbinders. In 1999 he was awarded accreditation by The Institute of Paper Conservators. James has written many articles on bookbinding technique and has given numerous lectures and workshops in Britain, Europe, the USA and Australia. James invented the Concave spine and previous works include two Electronic bindings, commissions for The British Library and The Victoria and Albert Museum and has bindings in private and national collections worldwide. In 2013 James was a judge for the Designer Bookbinders International Competition.
The story behind every recording session, album, and single released during Bob Dylan's illustrious-and now Nobel Prize-winning-career.
Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the New York Times best selling, definitive book that captures Dylan's creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording. It is the only book to tell the stories, many unfamiliar even to his most fervent fans, behind all the 492 songs he released. Organized chronologically by album, Margotin and Guesdon recount the details that led to the composition of Dylan's recorded songs, what went on in the recording studio, what instruments he used, and behind-the-scenes account of the great artists who worked with Dylan. Lyrics and accounts of the recording sessions are accompanied by classic photos, both in and out of the studio, to create a true Dylan treasury.
Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the comprehensive record of the music career which defined an era, delighted fans for more than 50 years and has now won the world's most prestigious prize.