The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Heroes of Popular Culture #19

Robert Crumb


Dan said...

Just a few nights ago I watched "Fritz the Cat" for the first time in years. Thank you R.Crumb for the many excellent comic books in my collection.

swac said...

My first encounter with Crumb was at the tender age of 6 or 7, my parents were visiting friends and their college age son had a blacklight poster of Crumb's "Stoned Again" strip on the wall. I was fascinated by that image of the melting face (I didn't understand the context), and in my mind it was akin to images in Warner Bros. cartoons of characters getting cut into pieces or actually melting, which happens in a couple of instances. Naturally, I noted the style of drawing right away, and would pick up Zap anthologies in bookstores (the Keep On Truckin' artwork was also very popular at the time, and my brain, already turned on to Batman and Tintin, made the connection fairly quickly).

I wonder if there are any 7 year olds about that I could give Crumb comix to...

Anonymous said...

Good read in today's Guardian on Crumb.,15829,1431884,00.html