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R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection is the collective album cover works of underground comics pioneer, Robert Crumb. Publisher W.W. Norton & Company describes the hardcover book as “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.
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Marcello Dudovich Historical Archive, the only website devoted to the artist. It presents a significant virtual gallery of works and documents representing an artistic fund of iconographic research, including 3,000 catalogued works kept in civic collections and company archives, as well as those works owned by collectors. It is an exhaustive, constantly updated means of discovering, knowing in depth, and making known to others the genius and the style of the most famous and versatile Italian painter, graphic and advertising artist.