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March 3, 2007

5 Down, 47 To Go (52 Books, 52 Weeks) ("R. Crumb's Heroes Of Blues, Jazz And Country")

Almost 30 years ago, R. Crumb produced three series of collectors' cards for Yazoo Records: Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music. This book collects the cards into one hardback volume. The original drawings have been enhanced by Crumb, and include a short, one page biography of each artist. I first learned of Robert Crumb's love for early jazz roots music through Harvey Pekar's American Splendor series, and this book shows the love and respect Crumb has for these musicians. The included 21-track CD was an unexpected bonus, and offers the perfect soundtrack to the book.

My next book is Aleksandar Zograf's graphic wartime memoir, Regards From Serbia.

For two weeks, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

see also:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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