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Chimpin' The Blues

From: WPSU-FM
Length: 59:01

Legendary cartoonist R. Crumb shares his love for early blues recordings. Read the full description.

Chimpinartwpsu_small REVISED to be used any time. One of the great legacies worth remembering from the 20th Century is the Blues. In that spirit - two friends, cartoonist supremo Robert Crumb and author/producer Jerry Zolten, got together to spin, and chat about, favorite 78 rpm blues rarities from their personal collections. "Chimpin' the Blues" they called it. Said Crumb: "Just chatterin' record collectors, sittin' and talkin' about stuff they're interested in ... monkey chatterin,' chimpin'," as it were. The result is Chimpin' the Blues, an offbeat, off-the-cuff, one-hour excursion into the blues, pre-blues, gospel, and jazz of the 1920's and 30's, seasoned with plenty of yuks, anecdotes, and trivia that reveal a side of Robert Crumb as passionate record collector, blues fanatic, and erudite raconteur. In other words, the guy knows a lot about the blues and can talk about it. "Chimpin' the Blues" includes 13 rare tracks accompanied by pertinent background information.

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REVISED to be used any time. One of the great legacies worth remembering from the 20th Century is the Blues. In that spirit - two friends, cartoonist supremo Robert Crumb and author/producer Jerry Zolten, got together to spin, and chat about, favorite 78 rpm blues rarities from their personal collections. "Chimpin' the Blues" they called it. Said Crumb: "Just chatterin' record collectors, sittin' and talkin' about stuff they're interested in ... monkey chatterin,' chimpin'," as it were. The result is Chimpin' the Blues, an offbeat, off-the-cuff, one-hour excursion into the blues, pre-blues, gospel, and jazz of the 1920's and 30's, seasoned with plenty of yuks, anecdotes, and trivia that reveal a side of Robert Crumb as passionate record collector, blues fanatic, and erudite raconteur. In other words, the guy knows a lot about the blues and can talk about it. "Chimpin' the Blues" includes 13 rare tracks accompanied by pertinent background information.

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Great Piece!

Thoroughly enjoyed this, including the chance to hear some stuff I hadn't heard before! Fabulous! Is there going to be more?

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Review of Chimpin' The Blues

This is a fascinating piece for the connoisseur, the neophyte, and everyone in between.
The music is enjoyable, the commentary revelatory, relaxed, and informative. The feel is a bit like being listening in on two friends just swapping appreciative comments and pertinent anecdotes while listening to music they both love. It's never esoteric nor exclusive, just great fun listening while you actually learn something.

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Review of Chimpin' The Blues

A throwback in more ways than one. Crumb's quirky expression and presence itself is from another era. When he speaks about the music he's not so much erudite as knowledgable out of pure and intense passion. The music (Crumb's personal collection) is wonderfully recherche, the format companionable. Excellent tribute for this official year of the blues and beyond. vm

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