Blues With a Feeling

17 Jun
Heroes of the Blues by R Crumb

Heroes of the Blues by R Crumb

Having grown up in the urban blues hotbed known as West Rogers Park in Chicago (also known as the Golden Ghetto) I was pleased some years ago to discover that quintessential zeitgeist comix artist Robert Crumb had been inspired to create a singularly fantastic concept—faux trading cards of three dozen blues musicians, Heroes of The Blues. Now polymath artist William Stout has taken Crumb’s homage to American blues masters and published Legend of the Blues (Abrahms Comicarts) which collects 100 worthy blues musicians (all born before 1930) and rendered in a style almost indistinguishable from Crumb’s

 Legends of the Blues by William Stout

Legends of the Blues by William Stout

In addition to colorful full page drawings Stout provides lots of interesting musicological information and piquant trivia ( Screamin’ Jay Hawkins fathered some 56 children and perhaps 19 more) And a 14 track compact disc that, of course, features some of the blues legends.

Maybelle Louise Smith AKA Big Maybelle

Maybelle Louise Smith AKA Big Maybelle

Chester Burnett AKA Howlin ' Wolf

Chester Burnett AKA Howlin ‘ Wolf

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker

You can see a slide show of 13 Blues Legends here

And, in case you haven’t heard this blues masterpiece


Currently reading Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (Scribner
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