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
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.
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)