It was the late 1960's. Robert Crumb was an aspiring artist living in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Fransisco when he was asked by Janis Joplin to design the cover for Cheap Thrills, the first major studio album of her band Big Brother And The Holding Company. The album would eventually reach number 1 on the Billboard charts exposing the world to the counterculture visuals of R. Crumb.
And so began the album cover career of R. Crumb.
Now, some 40+ years later, W.W. Norton has released a monograph featuring all of R. Crumb's record cover art.
Crumb, R. The Complete Record Cover Collection. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2011. . First Printing. Square quarto. pp. More than two hundred fifty illustrations. Glossy pictorial boards, a Fine copy, as New in the publisher's slipcase. $27.95 Book is available here
and here is the publishers 6+ minute trailer: