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Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters Paperback – 1 Nov 2011
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'The book never reduces Waits’ life to a series of bullet points. Along the way there are judicious insights.’(Scotland on Sunday)
‘A rich, colourful read that outstrips virtually any other rock chronicle…everything Waits says and does is fascinating…a wonderful insight into a man who we still basically know nothing about.’(Welovethisbook.com)
‘A true entertainer gifted enough to make 466 pages’ worth of transcript a zippy read is a rare beast indeed. He’s frequently hilarious.’(Record Collector)
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More than any artist since 60's Dylan, Waits has deliberately allowed the fantasy world of his songs (in Tom's case, gothic junkyard bum) to spill over into all his interviews. Does he ever tell the truth? Yes. But usually only when he's lying.
Words are words, spoken or sung, so if you love Tom's music you'll love these interviews. If fact, if you're new to Waits, you may find the interviews a good 'way in' to his music - as I did. Waits is usually funny, often profound and eminently quotable.
Fans may ask why they need to buy this book if they already have the interview compilation Innocent When You Dream? Though Tom occasionally repeats himself, only two interviews appear in the previous book
The Man Who Howled Wolf - Magnet magazine
The Heart of Saturday Night press release by Waits
the other 50 are new to this book (though of course you may have read them in the magazines).
The interview style ranges from generic "favourite film/song quizes" to a rambling chat with Terry Gilliam, and arranged chronologically and grouped into the albums they're promoting
Add in a short (factual) biographical intro to each album and it's the closest thing to an autobiography you're ever gonna get.
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