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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393082784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393082784
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 4.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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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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And now I've bought his book, and I'm suggesting you should buy his book, too.
Michael Ward
Unlike some of his other works, I truly enjoyed the mesh of Crumb's unorthodox art style on vintage albums from the 60's underground film movement.
Tim Lasiuta
For music/album cover fans (like me) this is one of Robert Crumb's finest books.
Stuart Jefferson

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 17, 2012
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The book itself is a relatively small (10"x10" approximately) coffee table-style book, with 267 images by R. Crumb. The book slips inside a fairly thick cardboard slipcase, which is covered in Robert Crumb's graphics in an overall tan color. Tying in with the album cover theme, there's a record label sized hole punched through the back and front covers, which show more color graphics (the front is a portrait of Crumb's group/the back is from the album "Harmonica Blues" on Yazoo Records) from Crumb-a nice touch. The book itself is a substantial hardcover, the paper is a slick almost matte surface-perfect for reproducing Crumb's artwork. On the endpapers are reproductions (from a European set), in color, of trading cards Crumb produced-more about those later.

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.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Carl Richter on November 5, 2011
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Robert Crumb's love of music is no secret and it shows in the the artwork, lettering and designs for records and CD's he has created over the years. A long overdue revised and updated edition, this volume has three times the number of images as the original. Even dedicated fans who have managed to track down the many obscure discs will find some rare or previously unpublished artwork. This book is a real treat for long time fans as well as a great entry point for people not that familiar with Crumb's work.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on November 23, 2011
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"R Crumb, The Complete Record Cover Collection" is a visual treasure. Unlike some of his other works, I truly enjoyed the mesh of Crumb's unorthodox art style on vintage albums from the 60's underground film movement. Like his art, he graced some truly outstanding albums that broke ground in both media. In one anaology, we could equate great blues, or soul music with Crumb illustrations as equivalent. Reading the book, I can almost hear soulful songs and heartfelt melodies oozing from the record album like cover.

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.

Tim Lasiuta
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MissRaychill on November 5, 2012
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Stepdad is big R Crumb fan.... wasn't sure exactly what to get him. Searched around and settled on this book. Wow was he surprised and thrilled. He raved about the book.. said he hadn't seen this one before and wanted to know what kind of magic I pulled to find it. Amazon is my magic.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Bologovsky on June 21, 2012
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Gave this to my husband on Father's Day - we haven't seen him since! LOL. But seriously - he's poring through every page - so much detail in this book, and the resolution on the cover art is great! Great reference for anyone who's EVER been a fan of R. Crumb's work.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. PETERSON on May 15, 2012
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This is a great collection of Crumb art. Very enjoyable and highly recommended, if only to leave laying on the coffee table as a conversation piece.
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For decades, R. Crumb has been, sometimes boldly, sometimes quietly, blazing trails through the comics artform. But he was also crossing over into other mediums, such as the recording industry. He drew album covers for hundreds of artists, including his first, the Janis Joplin album Cheap Thrills.

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
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