Crumb interview

Mark73

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Crumb is an awesome comic artist.
I've seen the documentary about him more than twice.
Fritz the Cat was fun as a film, but the comic is way better.
It's a pity my pc speakers don't work, I would like to hear the songs.
aah, headphones.

Thank you for posting this.
 

David

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I am a huge Crumbian. I am awaiting his illustrated Book of Genesis which I believe is in the works...
 

Bukfan

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Great find, d gray! I'm a big Crumb fan and have a lot of his stuff. I'm looking forward to listening to this 43 min. program. Thanks a lot...
 
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d gray

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yeah, it's really good. npr has alot of great stuff archived that you can check out.
 

Bukfan

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Yes, the interview is very good indeed! I just listened to it. For a Crumb fan it's a real "nugget". Later on I'll see what else they've got in their archives...
 
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Bukfan

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Thanks, Erik! - I'm looking forward to reading his take on the Book Of Genesis. It'll be funny to see the reaction from the Christian fundamentalist right-wingers...:D
 
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d gray

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i think they met when crumb was living in cleveland.
 

kilgore

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Crumb moved to Cleveland around '62 to hang with his penpal Marty Pahls (who ended up marrying RC's sister). Once there Pahls introduced Crumb to a friend who was friends with Pekar. They were all old 78 collectors (Pekar more into bebop jazz, Crumb more into 20s/30s blues). All lovingly detailed in the early issues of Pekar's American Splendor, so worth checking out.
 

Bukfan

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Great stuff! Thanks. First time I've seen a 7 page interview with Crumb online.
 
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Black Swan

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"You have to go to somewhere like Serbia where the Gypsies are so outcast they still value their music to really find that kind of music making today. To me,” says Crumb, clearing his throat, “the buying and selling of music, what they’ve done to it, is a disaster on the scale of cutting down the rainforest.”
good way to put it!
 

mjp

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“the buying and selling of music, what they’ve done to it, is a disaster on the scale of cutting down the rainforest.”
Says the "owner of one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of ethnic music 78s." :rolleyes:

If no one had gone out and recorded regional or indigenous music and then sold it - commercially - no one would have ever heard it. I think his point, that modern, over-commercialization has somehow killed regional music, is incorrect. Radio "killed" regional music a long time ago, but again, without commercial radio, no one would have heard that music anyway, so...you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.

Is he suggesting The Beatles should have stayed in Liverpool, or that Bob Dylan lost all his "authenticity" once he left Hibbing? Woodie Guthrie and New Orleans jazz musicians should have been kept away from recording equipment and trains?

Sounds like in his perfect world hillbillies would remain isolated and ignorant so he could make a trip once or twice a year to stare at them while they play "authentic" music. No wonder he moved to Europe, he's a colonialist at heart.
 

roni

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the naming of Crumb reminds me:

At one of our symposiums 2 years ago, a guy held an address about Bukowski-Illustrations by Crumb.

He did pretty good, but unfortunately in German. Anyway, if you're capable of the language, it'll be a wonderful read in the upcoming yearbook of the Charles-Bukowski-Society.

(this btw. will be the first time, the yearbook's published by MARO! - for Beginners: Maro has been the publisher who First dared to bring out a poetry-book by Bukowski in Germany in the 70s, when all the big publishers declined!)
 
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growing beard

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"You have to go to somewhere like Serbia where the Gypsies are so outcast they still value their music to really find that kind of music making today. To me,” says Crumb, clearing his throat, “the buying and selling of music, what they’ve done to it, is a disaster on the scale of cutting down the rainforest.”
good quote for sure. greedy homogenization is saddening, whether its real estate development or cultural development.
 
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