Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Video: Robert Crumb - "The Complete Record Cover Collection"

This is a pretty great video focusing on Robert Crumb’s record cover art. 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 the only “in” the artist  needed, 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 very successful and 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.  Check out the video below and make sure to pick up “R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection”, a must-have for any lover of graphics, music or Crumb's unique and perverted sense of humor.


Published by W. W. Norton & Company
Independent Publishers Since 1923

Directed by John Heneghan
Featuring Eden Brower

The Songs:
1. Sing Song Girl - Leroy Sheild (1930)
2. Some Of These Days - Cab Calloway (1930)
3. Lindberg Hop - Memphis Jug Band (1928)
4. Down On Me - Eddie Head And His Family (1930)
5. Chasin' Rainbows - R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders (1976)
6. Singing In The Bathtub - R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders (1978)
7. So Sorry Dear - Eden & John's East River String Band Featuring R. Crumb (2010)

The East River String Band on YouTube:

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