Wednesday, March 23, 2005

'The R. Crumb Handbook'


“The R. Crumb Handbook,” the most recent in a series of biographies of such luminaries as Elvis, Marilyn and Jackie O., was put together by Peter Poplaski with Crumb offering occasional comments. There is also an accompanying CD of music by Crumb and his various musical groups—the Cheap Suit Serenaders, Les Primitifs du Futur, et al. The music itself poses no threat to the string bands from the '20s and '30s Crumb adores (here's a bet that this inveterate collector of 78s doesn't even own a CD player). But the joy and verve which it's played hints that inside the ornery artist who's playing these tunes lurks a joyous and unironic spirit: R. Crumb, musical softie.

Still Truckin'
By Malcolm Jones
Newsweek, 10:58 a.m. ET March 11, 2005

Posted at 08:29 AM in Books, Humor | Permalink


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