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R. Crumb's Heros of Blues, Jazz and Country 2010 Wall Calendar 2010 Calendar – 3 Aug 2009


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  • Calendar: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; Wal edition (3 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081097956X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810979567
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 0.7 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,552,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the music - and art - books of the year.
-- The Observer Review

Balm to both the eye and the ear...The accompanying CD will knock
the reader's proverbial socks off.
-- Independent on Sunday, December 17, 2006

This beautifully bound volume will drive readers through the
accompanying CD and into the still waiting arms of the Yazoo and Country
record labels, where much of this wonderful music can still be found.
-- The Wire, May 2007 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

R. Crumb is the leading cartoonist in the American "underground commix" movement. He is the creator of Mr. Natural, the iconic "Keep on Truckin" T-shirt image, and Fritz the Cat. His book The R. Crumb Handbook was a Booksense bestseller. He lives in France.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By GRBD on 27 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Robert Crumb is rightly regarded as the progenitor of "underground comix". His influence can be discerned in most of the so-called alternative comics on the market, and his artistic style and unique take on the absurdity of American life and life in general was and probably still is ground-breaking. Here, collected for the first time, are the widely sought-after trading cards, his heroes of blues, jazz and country music, which he illustrated and published in the 80s as a tribute, suitably idiosyncratic, of the music he has always loved. With thumbnail biographies of the featured artists and an amazing bonus CD of 21 tracks compiled by Crumb himself, this is another fine addition to his growing publishing credits, and a great gift for the music lover in your life.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Knowing the prices that Robert Crumb's work commands (try getting hold of a copy of his illustrated CD "That's What I Call Sweet Music" and you'll see what I mean), when I first saw this advertised I thought that the price must have been entered incorrectly, but no! Just imagine, a 240 page hardback book, illustrated in colour on high quality paper, with an accompanying 21-track CD, for less than you'd expect to pay for either on its own. The book (and CD), falls into three distinct parts, and three different techniques have been used to produce the illustrations.

I'm familiar with the jazz figures, and my comments therefore concentrate on that aspect. The first is that some of these choices are extremely idiosyncratic. Many (Beiderbecke, Armstrong, Morton) are almost obligatory, but scattered amongst them are some quite obscure figures, such as Junie C. Cobb, Roy Palmer, and Ikey Robinson. Fair enough, these are after all Mr. Crumb's heroes, but the accompanying commentary is far too brief and could with advantage have been expanded to fill the space available. Finally, whilst many of the portraits (all of which are based on photographs) are instantly recognisable a few have the look of caricature about them. All of which is to look a gift horse in the mouth, and I would disregard all of those reservations and buy it anyway if I hadn't done so already.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This hard-back book collects together drawings Crumb published as three sets of 'trading cards' in the 1980's - Heroes of Blues, early Jazz and Country, together with a CD featuring some of the artists on the cards.

I was lucky enough to be given the Heroes of Blues cards at the time and I've always found them fascinating, both for the drawings and the biographical notes on the performers which appeared on the back. Crumb's love of the music is evident in the drawings, which although they are relatively simple, are none the less fully realised and perfectly capture the spirit of musicians illustrated. The Blues and Country sets are very similar in style but the Jazz set is a bit more sophisticated, possibly reflecting the greater sophistication of the music. I was particularly interested in the Country performers, many of whom I'd never heard of before, I guess this early country music was never as popular in Britain as Blues and Jazz.

As well as being given the cards, I have now also been given this book, which, although I probably wouldn't have bought myself, I'm very glad to have. You could argue that actual photographs would be more informative in conjunction with the biographical details - and it is obvious Crumb based his drawings on photographs - but I find the book works just fine as it is and the drawings are more charming than any photograph could be. I sometimes find Crumb's work to be a bit slick, but here I think his love of the subject gives the drawings a directness and a naivety that makes them totally engaging.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are into old time blues, jazz, and country this book will prove to be a mine of information. With artwork by the brilliant R. Crumb taken from the trading cards he produced, an introduction by Terry Zwicoff and text by Stephen Calt (blues), David Jasen (jazz), and Richard Nevins (country) you have information about the group/musician on one page and a fantastic illustration on the facing page. Some of the musicians you will have heard of before while others are more obscure. This book is a true cornucopia of people who pioneered the blues, jazz and country music of America. Also included is a cd featuring 21 tracks:-

Blues
On the Road Again - Memphis Jug Band
Dark Night Blues - Blind Willie McTell
Minglewood Blues - Cannon's Jug Stompers
Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues - Skip James
I'm Gonna Cross the River of Jordan (Some O' These Days) - Jaybird Coleman
High Water Everywhere - Charley Batton
I Got Mine - Frank Stokes

Country
Sugar Baby - 'Dock' Boggs
Big Bend Gal - Shelor Family
The Peddlar and His Wife - Hayes Sheperd
Little Rabbit - Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers
All Night Long Blues - Burnett & Rutherford
Mineola Rag - East Texas Serenaders
Greenback Dollar - Weems String Band

Jazz
Kater Street Rag - Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra
Sobbin' Blues - 'King' Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
Mojo Strut - Parham -Pickett Apollo Syncopators
Somebody Stole My Gal - Frankie Franko & His Louisianians
Wild Cat Blues - Clarence Williams' Blue Five
Kansas City Stomps - 'Jelly Roll' Morton's Red Hot Peppers
King Joe - Jimmy Noone

Don't expect crystal clear perfect recordings on these tracks as they were taken from original recordings between 1927 -1931, and appeared on the old 78rpm vinyls.
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