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Record Store Day Countdown: King Tubby LP

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2013 07:03pm | Post a Comment

Our countdown to Record Store Day continues! This one is a classic horn-heavy dub summit from two legends, King Tubby and Lee Perry, appropriately titled At the Grass Roots of Dub. Considered one of the best dub records of the mid-'70s, it's been out of print for over a decade. Now it's finally been reissued, but only in limited quantities for RSD 2013. Get your copy only at independent record stores on Saturday, April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

King Tubby Lee Perry Record Store Day

Record Store Day Countdown: PIL 7"

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2013 08:43pm | Post a Comment

We're counting down to Record Store Day on April 20, 2013!! First up is the debut UK 7" by Public Image Ltd. Never before available in the US, this Record Store Day limited edition title comes complete with an exact reproduction of the original foldout newspaper packaging. Get yours only at indie record stores on April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

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New R. Crumb Robert Johnson T-Shirt Exclusively at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, December 15, 2011 05:47pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music is now carrying an exclusive new T-shirt with artwork by the King of Underground Comics, R. Crumb, featuring the King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson!

Amoeba Music has partnered with filmmaker Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Ghost World, Bad Santa) in producing a T-shirt of iconic Delta blues singer Robert Johnson drawn by underground comic artist R. Crumb from the first found photo of Johnson. This T-shirt is an Amoeba Music exclusive, available only through Amoeba.com or at all three Amoeba stores.

R. Crumb Robert Johnson t-shirt

Here's a brief history of the image on the shirt. Up until 1973, there was no known photo of Robert Johnson, the haunting, mysterious Delta blues singer lionized by countless rock and roll bands. A postage stamp size photo taken by Johnson himself in a photo booth in the early 1930s turned up in 1973 and was published in Rolling Stone in 1986. After it was published, underground comix artist R. Crumb, a life-long 78 collector and blues fan, drew it as a cover for a highly specialized collector's publication called 78 Quarterly, a magazine specializing in stories on rare pre-war blues and jazz artists and their impossibly rare, highly coveted 78s. 
78 Quarterly Robert Johnson

After publication of the 78 Quarterly issue with the Robert Johnson R. Crumb drawing, Terry Zwigoff got permission from both the publisher and Crumb to produce T-shirts with the image, and they were available for a few years in the mid-1990s. Since then, the T-shirts with the R. Crumb rendering of the Robert Johnson photo have been unavailable. Terry is a friend of Amoeba and recently a deal was struck to produce the shirt again. It is now available on a high quality 100% Egyptian cotton T-shirt as an Amoeba exclusive.