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.
The Complete Record Cover Collectionby R. Crumb
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
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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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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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.