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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice photography
The photography is excellent however Tom Waits was a bit light on the ground with his input in my opinion, but it was a gift for the mother in-law who loved it as she is a big fan of Tom Waits and homeless people, well maybe not a fan but the photos are excellent.
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Stuart D. Newton

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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
I purchased this as someone who likes photography, and as a Tom Waits fan. I'm afraid to say that the book dissapoints on both levels. I was expecting the photography to be as good as the picture on the cover all the way through the book, but the fact is that it isn't. There are one or two stand-out pictures, but on the whole they are (in my opinion, and I know it's very...
Published on 10 Sep 2012 by Mr. David A. Cox


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice photography, 8 Jan 2012
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The photography is excellent however Tom Waits was a bit light on the ground with his input in my opinion, but it was a gift for the mother in-law who loved it as she is a big fan of Tom Waits and homeless people, well maybe not a fan but the photos are excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing, 10 Sep 2012
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Mr. David A. Cox "davec67" (Isle of Man) - See all my reviews
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I purchased this as someone who likes photography, and as a Tom Waits fan. I'm afraid to say that the book dissapoints on both levels. I was expecting the photography to be as good as the picture on the cover all the way through the book, but the fact is that it isn't. There are one or two stand-out pictures, but on the whole they are (in my opinion, and I know it's very subjective) not that impressive. Similarly, the contribution from the great Tom Waits isn't the lyrical feast I was hoping for. It is basically a very expensive coffee table book which falls short on the content.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beat me up, 28 Mar 2013
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Photography book etched in black and white films, depicting the charactered faces of deeply lined outlooks. Each details the flipside to that quest for a particular elusive dream = to survive.

Scarred furrows creased within lines of poverty stress, filled with too many beatings, racket feelings and good times battle the local elements, all broadcast in a long gone stare. Everyone is human, more than human than otherwise, illuminating a shrouded world, light years away from the gloss and froth broadcast in the sanitised adobe lifestyle magazines.

Interspersed are the equivalent of haiku poems placed at specific junctures to illuminate a nihilistic nothingness stirring around the misplaced lives of those frozen out of the big pow wow. It also brings to the fore a sense of the surreal lives experiences. Because within the songs are hard won moments. Those left out of the bigger picture traverse the kitsch and cultural froth of the world composed by admen. The deliver a resounding "no" to the life battery, the vestiges of the pomp.

One problem - the pictures appear studio cuts, with everyone placed against a blank wall. It would have been good to see the wider environments. I am sure not everyone lives in a Friends/Sex in the City/Manhattan apartment.

Adds something to the American Way of Life as it exposes the lies, deceit, propaganda and disdain carried within the everyday bland lifestyle. Something they take great pains to hide away from as the God of mass consumption drools its tongue and snarls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Ground and Tom Waits, 13 Feb 2013
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A stunningly affecting book. Great images, moving accounts of the subjects, and well supported by the work of Tom Waits.
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