For over three decades R. Crumb has shocked, entertained, titillated and challenged the imaginations (and the inhibitions) of comics fans the world over. The acknowledged father of "underground comix," Crumb is the single greatest influence on the alternative comics of today. The three companion sets of trading cards - Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music - have all been sought by collectors. Although, they are currently back in print as individual card sets, this is the first time they are being published together in book form. A biography of each musician is provided, along with a full colour original illustration by underground cartoonist and music historian R. Crumb.
Stephen Calt is the author of two acclaimed musical biographies, King of the Delta Blues: The Life and Music of Charlie Patton (Rock Chapel Press, 1988) and I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues (Da Capo Press, 1994). He lives in New York City. Richard Nevins is a musicologist and co-founder of Shanachie Entertainment, an independant record label that began in 1975 specializing in Irish folk music, eventually expanding into jazz, reggae, blues, folk, rock and other genres. Terry Zwigoff is the award-winning director of the documentary Crumb.