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The Complete Record Cover Collection

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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- ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 7th 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Yeah, I know I'm an idiot, but I honestly had no idea R. Crumb ever designed any album covers other than this one:


This book is loaded with color and b&w photos of dozens of his covers, along with drawings, and sketches of musicians both famous and obscure.

Welp, enough chit-chat. Let's take a look, shall we?






Here are two that made the ten-year-old boy inside me giggle:



Crumb not only draws album covers, he's an avid record collector himself.

The artist surrounded by his PRECIOUSSSSS:


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R. Crumb is one of those artists that impresses everyone. Whether illustrating American Splendor or his own concoctions, his drawings are always recognizable and a blast to look at. It's hard to argue also that Crumb's work has left a mark on pop culture since he has been at it for so long.

Of course, it's also well known that Crumb is a music snob and this collection serves to collect every record cover he's done. Except, not quite. Right off the bat the editors tell us that it's impossible to c
Jack Silbert
From the Crumb documentary and American Splendor, we know Robert Crumb's obsession with old-timey music and collecting 78's. And if you're a bit of an obsessed music fan yourself, you've undoubtedly seen a cover or two or twenty-eight illustrated by Crumb as you've flipped through the selections at your local record emporium. (Janis Joplin's "Cheap Thrills" album being the most famous.)

If you're a fan of Crumb, you'll like this book. If you're a fan of old-timey music, you'll like this book. And
The book title says it is the complete Crumb record cover collection, and that might be true, but it is a lot more. It has much, but not all, of his work relating to music. I guess the powers that be thought his stories of hunting for records in his youth and his biographical work of some music legends had been re-printed sufficiently in his Complete Crumb volumes. A decent book with quality reproductionn and those in color are amazing. It would have been nice to see some of the rarities, like t ...more
Very comprehensive collection of album covers, yes, but also labels, ads, flyers, art accompanying New Yorker profiles, and trading cards. The majority of it is done either in Crumb's retro cartooning style or his straight portraiture, with a little bit of stylized art deco work after he moved to France. Crumb's reputation is built on transgression, but this more than most things highlights his incredible draftsmanship.
Entertaining mix of illustration, music appreciation, humor, and philosophy.

some favorites:
9..old time hokum blues
37..eddie lang
92..louie blueie
105..les primitifs du futur

Apr 07, 2012 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: music
Fun looking at all those album covers. What were the record companies thinking when they released them?
Edward Sullivan
Crumb's album covers and other music-related art beautifully reproduced.
A nice set of illustrations but the layout & page design are extremely lacking.
Lots of unseen works by this famous graphic novel artist/music fanatic.
Outstanding! Nicely-packaged, 78rpm-sized book. Dig it!
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Robert Dennis Crumb (born August 30, 1943)— is an American artist, illustrator, and musician recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream.

Crumb was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. Though one of the most celebrated of comic book artists, Crumb's entire career has
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