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For more than 40 years, R. Crumb has documented his nightly dreams in a meticulously kept, written journal. This stood as a guarded secret, strangely enough, while Crumb has never lacked a compulsion to write about the rest of his life...in his comics. All of his well-documented preoccupations are present—rampant egomania, insatiable lust, profound self-disgust, the sad beauty of old America, the moral bankruptcy of new America and the fool's errand quest for spiritual enlightenment. Here they are, entirely untamed, springing forth from forces beyond even his control--his own sub-conscious. All published for the first time. Lightly illustrated.
This is a handsome little volume, small but a thick 465 pages. Open it up anywhere, and the raw Crumb spills out with his innermost demons. His art and stories have often interpreted these nighttime sojourns into his id...but here you get it in his own words, written down after waking up each morning.
Includes a brand-new introduction by Crumb, as well as a cast of characters that he wrote himself, and which I found fascinating in itself. Over 17 pages he briefly notes all the people who ended up in these dreams, from ex-girl-friends to sisters, who we NEVER hear of, his brothers, boyhood friends, fellow musicians and underground artists. This includes the "anarcist" as Crumb calls him, Pete Poplastki, the Kitchen Sink and current DC Archive cover artist who move to the same town in France as Crumb did. Where are they all now? Who is still with us and who's gone, sadly, including his first wife and his son. Find out.
I also enjoyed the introduction where Crumb includes a long note from Ronnie Bronstein, co-editor, who transcribed all the dreams from Crumb's notes. "...the dreams themselves...they provide an uncanny corollary to your 'proper' work. It's utterly freakish, the extent to which the settings, scenarios, preoccupations, and decisions you make with your dreams mirror the content of your comics. For a fan, it's like striking gold, like being handed hundreds of pages of new Crumb work, such is the degree to which your internal and external 'voices' match up. Most of us are so utterly disoriented by the hall-of-mirrors aspect of shaping [our own] persona, we lose at least half our essence in the course of self-expression. But you! We read these dreams and see that an utterly lawless incontinent dream-state Crumb is literally no different from the controlled waking Crumb that populates and propels his art."
Widely considered the greatest cartoonist of the 20th century, Robert Crumb (born 1943) drew comics from a very young age. After a brief career in greeting-card design in Cleveland, in 1965 the young artist discovered LSD, and headed for San Francisco, where he published Zap Comix #1, reinventing the comics medium. In 1994 he was the subject of an acclaimed documentary film by Terry Zwigoff. His adaptation of The Book of Genesis was published in 2009 and the original art for the project was exhibited internationally, most notably at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in 2009, and as part of the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. His most recent books include Bible of Filth, Art & Beauty Magazine and (with Aline Kominsky-Crumb) Drawn Together. Crumb lives and works in Southern France.
- Additional Information
Item Code RCDREH Publisher Elara Press Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781942884330 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 5x8 # Pages 466pg Color Text/b&w