The Complete Record Cover Collection

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A landmark work that pays splendid homage to a forgotten era of seminal American music.
Robert Crumb first began drawing record covers in 1968 when Janis Joplin, a fellow Haight Ashbury denizen, asked him to provide a cover for her album Cheap Thrills. It was an invitation the budding artist couldn't resist, especially since he had been fascinated with record covers-particularly for the legendary jazz, country, and old-time blues music of the 1920s and 1930s-since he was a teen....

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Overview

A landmark work that pays splendid homage to a forgotten era of seminal American music.
Robert Crumb first began drawing record covers in 1968 when Janis Joplin, a fellow Haight Ashbury denizen, asked him to provide a cover for her album Cheap Thrills. It was an invitation the budding artist couldn't resist, especially since he had been fascinated with record covers-particularly for the legendary jazz, country, and old-time blues music of the 1920s and 1930s-since he was a teen. This early collaboration proved so successful that Crumb went on to draw hundreds of record covers for both new artists and largely forgotten masters. So remarkable were Crumb's artistic interpretations of these old 78 rpm singles that the art itself proved influential in their rediscovery in the 1960s and 1970s. Including such classics as Truckin' My Blues Away, Harmonica Blues, and Please Warm My Weiner, Crumb's opus also features more recent covers done for CDs. R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection is a must-have for any lover of graphics and old-time music.

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Editorial Reviews

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When a small Dutch publisher issued a 58-page collection of Robert Crumb's record cover illustrations, it became an instant international collectible. Now that modest edition has been supplanted by an attractive new slip-cased W.W. Norton hardcover that collects every album cover ever created by R. Crumb, from the legendary 1968 Janis Joplin Cheap Thrills to the present. In all, the R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection contains approximately 450 album and CD covers, including those for his own Cheap Suit Serenaders band, and a brand new courtesy of Crumb cover. Bright lights from the ultimate underground artist.

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This collection, newly released and expanded from a 1994 Dutch edition (Oog & Blik), brings together underground cartoonist Crumb's (The Book of Genesis) many record covers, created after the success of his art for Big Brother & the Holding Company's 1968 album, Cheap Thrills. The book's brief introduction is a song (in French) by Dominique Cravic, and the 267 entries include nothing descriptive beyond a title. While the publisher's promo mentions the inclusion of "works related to these covers," it is unclear on first browsing whether such entries as the "Superbatone" record label or the trading cards of mainly obscure musicians are Crumb's creations or others' works that inspired his record covers. In fact, all of the works in the book appear, on close examination, to be Crumb's, and the illustrations, including caricatures and portraits of well-known figures as well as flyers, sketches, and record labels, give valuable perspective on his skill. VERDICT Important for Crumb fans, anyone interested in underground comics, and, to a lesser extent, graphic design students. An affordable novelty title that general readers might find amusing or nostalgic, but the core audience will be loyal Crumb followers.—Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393082784
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/7/2011
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 379,098
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics. His books include Kafka, The Complete Crumb Comics (17 volumes), The R. Crumb Sketchbook (10 volumes), R. Crumb Draws the Blues, The Book of Mr. Natural, The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.

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    Posted January 5, 2012

    Great Historical View

    I gave this book to my son, an art major who just finished designing album art. He was blown away by the book. He had just taken a course in which one of his instructors had introduced him to Robert Crumb's work. He is thoroughly captivated by this book.

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