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Video review of R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country

My colleague Beth offers this review of R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country.

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. This book comes with a bonus CD of music selected by R. Crumb.

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