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R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection Hardcover – November 7, 2011
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For music/album cover fans (like me) this is one of Robert Crumb's finest books. There are a so many examples of his style that picking favorites is very hard. The graphics are a mixture of color, b&w, and mono color-a number of them are reproduced almost full page. Included are most of Crumb's album covers, stand alone portraits (Frank Zappa, Bo Diddley, James Brown, Gus Cannon, George Jones, Woody Guthrie, etc), posters, calling cards, record labels, CD artwork, and advertisements. There's also several pieces of Crumb's work that were never used-hence unseen by most people. It's difficult to say with any real accuracy if this book collects all his work in this area-probably not. Somewhere, stashed away and forgotten, are other examples of Crumb's work in the music field. But that's okay, because what's here is worth pouring over and enjoyed many times. The bigger the Crumb fan you are the more you'll like what you see in this collection.Read more ›
In short, I like the layout, the artwork, the design, and appreciate one more side of a man whose art I was not enamored with a year ago. His pencil work on the blues cards is stunning and should be reproduced in poster form, or reprinted for the blues audience who would enjoy this book.
I highly recommend this book, and with that there was a CD included of some music to listen to while you read.
Maybe next time folks.
There were many, many more after that, as well as portraits of the musicians and other accoutrements, which are collected in this comprehensive volume. It's an entirely fun and engrossing trip through history for comics lovers and music fans. There are no stories here, per se, so don't expect storytelling. But Crumb's cover art speaks volumes on its own.
Reviewed John Hogan
"Electric" Mike Langford
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Nice collection for good price. I like that its formatted as a record album and not a comic book.Published 16 months ago by Pegnick
A great book! A good reference guide for album collectors.Published 18 months ago by Luiz Antonio Saldanha