Friday, September 5, 2008

R. Crumb

To celebrate the upcoming 4th Annual Cracker Camper Van Beethoven Camp Out, this weekend's book review is dedicated to the original Crumb.

R. Crumb Conversations is a collection of interviews with the iconic artist, Robert Crumb. At first, I thought the book was going to be a bit dry and academic. It has more words than pictures, and it reads more like an oral history transcript than a gritty biography. As I read on, I decided that this is a good thing. Without the distraction of illustrations, it is easier to focus on the essence of his artistic vision and life philosophies. The book also provides an excellent history of the psychedelic comic revolution of the sixties and seventies.

Crumb, R., and D. K. Holm. R. Crumb: Conversations.Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.

Crumb is most famous for his Keep on Truckin' logo. However, he was cheated out of most of the proceeds. To make up for this injustice, please buy his books from the official R. Crumb website:

Calt, Stephen, R. Crumb, David A. Jasen, and Richard Nevins.
R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz, & Country.
New York: Abrams, 2006.

Crumb, R., Gary Groth, and Robert Fiore. The Complete Crumb. Westlake Village, CA: Fantagraphics Books, 1987.