Memphis Jug Band
This archival inkjet print by Robert Crumb was produced by Griffioen Grafiek in 2011. Crumb doesn't publish very often and so it is with huge excitement that Crumb fans all over the world receive his new works. Hypergallery works quickly to secure a stock for our regular collectors but also to give new Hypergallery customers a chance to choose from as many of his album cover art prints as possible. This is a real beauty of a print. The Memphis Jug Band was an American musical group in the late 1920s and early to mid 1930s, featuring harmonicas, violins, mandolins, banjos, and guitars, backed by washboard, kazoo, jug and washtub bass and played in a variety of musical styles. The band recorded almost a hundred titles.
Limited Edition of 200
Signed and numbered in pencil by Robert Crumb
About the Artist
Robert Crumb (born 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a U.S. artist and illustrator recognised for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. He currently lives in France.
Crumb was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. In the pages of the many comix and counterculture publications, he created characters that became counterculture icons such as Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat. Crumb's work was suddenly in great demand, and Crumb himself became an anti-establishment icon, a figure that genuinely resisted 'selling out'.
If you are a Janis Joplin fan, then you would probably know that this famed cartoonist designed the cover for Joplin’s album 'Cheap Thrills' as a favor to Joplin, who he befriended in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood where they both resided. He was paid $600 for his work by Columbia Records, which later sold the artwork. Possibly to the benefit of Peter Corriston, Crumb was asked to do a cover for the Rolling Stones but refused because he did not like their music. He has more than seventy album covers to his credit though - quite an accolade for the artist and genre of album cover art alike! Hypergallery has long been a fan of Robert Crumb's work, and we delighted to be able to offer for sale a number of prints that are now impossible to get elsewhere.