Tom Waits on Tom Waits
Tom Waits on Tom Waits

Tom Waits on Tom Waits

Interviews and Encounters
Edited by Paul Maher, Jr.

Musicians in Their Own Words

MUSIC

480 Pages, 6 x 9

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ISBN 9781569763124

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Chicago Review Press (Aug 2011)

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Overview

Candid, off-the-cuff musings from a notoriously guarded artist
Tom Waits, even with his barnyard growl and urban hipster yawp, may just be what the Daily Telegraph calls him: “the greatest entertainer on Planet Earth.” Over a span of almost four decades, he has transformed his music and persona not to suit the times but his whims. But along with Bob Dylan, he stands as one of the last elder statesmen still capable of putting out music that matters. Journalists intent upon cracking the code are more likely to come out of a Waits interview with anecdotes about the weather, insects, or medieval medicine. He is, in essence, the teacher we wished we had, dispensing insights such as: “Vocabulary is my main instrument;” “We all like music, but what we really want is for music to like us;” “Anything you absorb you will ultimately secrete;” “Growth is scary, because you’re a seed and you’re in the dark and you don’t know which way is up, and down might take you down further into a darker place . . .;” and “There is no such thing as nonfiction. . . . People who really know what happened aren’t talking. And the people who don’t have a clue, you can’t shut them up.” Tom Waits on Tom Waits is a selection of over fifty interviews from the more than five hundred available. Here Waits delivers prose as crafted, poetic, potent, and haunting as the lyrics of his best songs.

Reviews

"This book is filled with verbal fireworks and lyrical bon mots."—American Songwriter Magazine

"Absolutely required for Waits fans old and new, this pile of interviews is a magic mountain of weird."—PopMatters.com

"Recommended for all Tom Waits fans."—Library Journal

Author Biography

Paul Maher Jr. is an author and an editor. He is the author of Jack Kerouac's American Journey and Kerouac: His Life and Work, the editor of Empty Phantoms: Interviews and Encounters with Jack Kerouac, and a coeditor of Miles on Miles: Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis. He lives in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

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