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A memoir about sex, plaster and rock'n'roll in the swinging 60's. Not the typical groupie story…

Hi, I'm Cynthia. I make plaster casts of male and female body parts belonging to musicians and artists whose creative work I adore. Originally intended as a way to get into the pants of British rockstars, my goofy groupie schtick eventually became an art form. Galleries in New York and San Francisco have exhibited the casts. My "Sweet Babies" have also been featured in the documentary "Plaster Caster," and I've been immortalized in songs by KISS, Jim Croce, and Le Tigre.

What next? Time to write the book, dolls!

Several years ago I began writing my memoirs, between working my day job and doing spoken word performances with my casts. Writing's even MORE fun than plaster casting - well, almost. My story is one of a shy young girl who wanted to shag rockstars, but instead bagged the ultimate souvenir: a plaster cast! It features my encounters with Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Jello Biafra, Shane MacGowan plus other characters and luminaries. I have decades of photos, diary entries, drawings, and other ephemera to include, plus a tutorial on how YOU can plaster cast . . . whatever you'd like to save for posterity.

The good news is, I already have a publisher ready to put out Plaster of Paradise once it's complete. The book is nearly half finished. Organizing my archive into one cohesive manuscript is a full-time job. As we all know, times have been tough and making ends meet hasn't been easy. In order to come up with a final draft by the end of next year, I am asking for some financial help, so I can give the book my undivided attention.

The funding goal I'm aiming for is $5,000. This amount doesn't cover all of my expenses. But I figured, to be on the safe side, I'd shoot for less. If any additional money is raised, it would be incredibly helpful and very much appreciated!

Being a groupie has been one hell of an education. Not only about myself - the strengths I never believed I had - and the weaknesses of god-like rockstars. My casts may be my "Sweet Babies" . . . but my BIG Baby will be Plaster of Paradise. Please help make it happen. I would be SO thankful for your support. This tale just begs to be told!

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    Special thanks on my website, cynthiaplastercaster.com.

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    A signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, that will warm the cockles of your postman's heart and special thanks on my website.

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    I'll record a message for your outgoing voice mail. You'll also get a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, and special thanks on my website.

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    Signed, limited edition 8-1/2" x 11" print of a "Groupie Situation" cartoon drawn by me, pre-Plaster - plus a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, and special thanks on my website.

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    A personalized, autographed copy of "Plaster of Paradise" when it comes out - plus a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, special thanks on my website (these 2 rewards delivered Jan. 2012), and your name in the book's acknowledgements. (Please add $15 for shipments outside the U.S.)

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    Personalized, limited edition set of my notorious Plaster Caster Xmas Cards. Also, I will put your name on my permanent list to receive a Xmas card each year. You'll also get a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, special thanks on my website, and your name in the book's acknowledgements. (Please add $10 for shipments outside the U.S.)

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    Signed, limited edition 17-1/2" x 23-1/2" print of a "Love Portrait" ("Chris Hillman & Michael Clarke") drawn by me, pre-Plaster - plus a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, special thanks on my website, and your name in the book's acknowledgements. (Please add $15 for shipments outside the U.S.)

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    Signed, limited edition 17-1/2" x 23-1/2" print of a "Jimi, Noel, Mitch and Vogue Fashion" doodle drawn by me, pre-Plaster - plus a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, special thanks on my website, and your name in the book's acknowledgements. (Please add $15 for shipments outside the U.S.)

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    Signed, limited edition 23-1/2" x 17-1/2" print of a "Love Portrait" ("Keith Moon & Brian Jones") drawn by me, pre-Plaster - plus a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, special thanks on my website, and your name in the book's acknowledgements. (Please add $15 for shipments outside the U.S.)

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    Signed, limited edition 17-1/2" x 23-1/2" print of "Mark plus Harpo of Paul Revere and the Raiders; Groupie fantasy" drawn by me, pre-Plaster - plus a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, special thanks on my website, and your name in the book's acknowledgements. (Please add $15 for shipments outside the U.S.)

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    Host a party for ladies only - sort of a fireside chat (you'll have to supply the fireplace), where we'll talk about the good ol' groupie glory days. I'll read from my diaries and journals, bring along a few select plaster casts, and teach a crash course on how to make them. (If this takes place outside of Chicago, you will provide transportation, expenses and hotel accommodations - we'll discuss.) You'll also get a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, special thanks on my website (these 2 rewards delivered Jan. 2012) and your name in the book's acknowledgements.

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    Signed, custom-made to order, limited edition copy of the infamous Jimi Hendrix Plaster Cast. Plus a signed thank-you postcard exclusive to donors, special thanks on my website (these 2 rewards delivered Jan. 2012), and your name in the book's acknowledgements.

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