Charley Patton: “Shake It and Break It (But Don’t Let It Fall Mama)” and “Big Lee Pt. 1”

There is no reason to link to a dull profile or biography of Charley Patton when the story is told by R. Crumb, the iconic, eccentric cartoonist responsible for Zap Comix and Fritz the Cat. Clearly, Crumb used the photo above and below for the image in the first panel of the graphic bio.

Crumb also is a musician with an interest in early American music. Here is the rest of the graphic bio. Above is Patton’s Shake It and Break It. Below is Big Jim, Part 1. Big Jim, Part 2 — which apparently is rare — is here. The recording is poor. One comment rightly pointed out that the song sounds like Skip James’ Crow Jane.