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This review is from: The Many Lives of Tom Waits (Hardcover)
Of the many biographies I've read over the years, this has been the only one that has annoyed me so much that I've posted a review. Patrick Humphries reigns as the greatest filler ever. This being his second attempt at the book it seems rather sad that at any excuse he will pad the book out with extraneous details.
If you're expecting insightful comments and tales from managers, roadies, ex-partners, musicians, actors or producers, then forget it. The break-up with Rickie Lee Jones is over in a blink.
If you've read more than five articles/interviews with Waits over the years then you don't need this book.
As mentioned above, I've learnt a lot about Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Altman. Why detail an entire movie when Tom Waits has one line in it? It would have been more interseting to have spoken to someone who worked on the set of the movie and got their impression, rather than suggesting Tom should have had more lines.
In the end the only winner is Tom Waits, who can relax in the knowledge that little has been revealed.