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AbeBooks Review: R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country by R. Crumb

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AbeBooks' review of R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country by R. Crumb

Robert Crumb, better known as R. Crumb is an American cartoonist, well-known for being outspoken, critical and subversive, for his highly recognizable illustrative style, and for his friendship and collaborations with Charles Bukowski. But many people don't realize that Crumb is also a musician.

As well as singing, Crumb plays the banjo, the mandolin and more. He is an avid fan of blues, country, jazz, bluegrass and similar styles of music.

As a project, Crumb created several sets of trading cards dedicated to the pioneers of his musical passion. Each card was an illustration by Crumb, with a brief bio of the musician in question on the back.

In 2006, these cards were reproduced and published together as this book. At 240 pages, this is an absolute treasure for any fan of jazz or blues. All the greats are included, from Peg Leg Howell and Blind Lemon Jefferson to Memphis Minnie, Barbecue Bob and beyond. And that's just the blues. There's a section for each genre -- blues, jazz and country -- each with at least 36 cards. The drawings are fantastic -- bold and colorful -- and accompanied by a bit of information about the musician on the adjacent page.

And best of all, the book comes with a bonus CD of music selected by R. Crumb. 21 tracks of blues, jazz and country music goodness. This book is an absolute treasure. It would make a fantastic gift for the illustration fan of music aficionado in your life.


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