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This is an oddish collection of R. Crumb panels of varying quality. But the overall effect is a fun one. The best one here is the first, his homage to the life of Delta bluesman Charley Patton, beautifully rendered. Almost of comparable quality is the story of jazzman Jelly Roll Morton’s struggle with a career-damaging voodoo curse. Crumb’s fondness for pre-war (WWII) country and blues records predominates the panels even when those are not the subjects of the strips. There are several pieces he
Amerikkalaisen underground-legendan Robert Crumbin musiikkiaiheisia sarjakuvia yhteen kokoavassa albumissa “Blues” (Like, 1993) kerrotaan muun muassa Charley Pattonin elämätarina, pohdiskellaan vaikuttivatko jazzmuusikko Jelly Roll Mortonin ympärillä saatanalliset voodoo-voimat, harmitellaan isovanhempiemme kauniin musiikin katoamista ja kuvitetaan “Purple Hazen” kaltaisia lauluja. Laadukas pakettihan tämä on, ei siitä pääse yli eikä ympäri.
it was amazing
I never found so many neat books about America until I spent five years in England. I somehow completely missed them when I lived in America. I found more British, Welsh, Scottish and Irish that knew more American history than most Americans I’ve met (no matter what country I live in.)
A copy of this was being passed around the homeless community in Bath about 2003, of which I was a member. One of Crumb’s best. It made me forget I was homeless. Yes, Crumb can be vicious at times but he is always