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Robert Crumb: Shellac Addict

Larry Jaffee, Wax Poetics, November 2014

While he's known as a '60s counterculture icon for his raunchy yet brilliant comics, illustrator Robert Crumb's heart lies in the '20s and '30s. His love of old 78s and the songs of the original bluesmen, rural string bands, and obscure jazz musicians makes Crumb one of the leading experts on early American music. He and a close-knit group of collectors obsess over the rarest and most expensive records ever, all while helping to catalog its musical history along the way.

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